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You adapt to who you’re photographing.
– David Bailey
I don’t see the point of photographing trees or rocks because they’re there and anyone can photograph them if they’re prepared to hang around and wait for the light.
I have never met an ugly woman.
I never set out to be a photographer.
I’ve never been anti-women.
I’m an image-maker.
Everyone gets old – there’s nothing you can do about it.
Fashion often starts off beautiful and becomes ugly, whereas art starts off ugly sometimes and becomes beautiful.
Botticelli would have made a very good fashion photographer. He did eight heads instead of seven heads in a body, which is fashion illustration.
To get rich, you have to be making money while you’re asleep.
I know everything should be photographed. It helps me make sense of my existence.
In a way, a man’s body is more beautiful than a woman’s.
Rather than knowing more, I think I’ve got more open-minded.
I didn’t try and do fashion pictures. I tried to do portraits of girls wearing dresses.
It is a sign of a dull nature to occupy oneself deeply in matters that concern the body; for instance, to be over much occupied about exercise, about eating and drinking, about easing oneself, about sexual intercourse.
The skull is nature’s sculpture.
Being trendy is dangerous. I’ve never been trendy, which is why I’ve never really fallen out of favour.
I never cared for fashion much, amusing little seams and witty little pleats: it was the girls I liked.
When I stop working, I go out and start working again. Most people paint a picture, or whatever they do, and go home. For me, it has to be continuous.
You have to kind of be invisible when you photograph children, so you use a longer lens.
Actors are hard to photograph because they never want to reveal who they are. You don’t know if you’re getting a character from a Chekhov play or a Polanski film. It depends what mood they’re in.
I used to love the ’20s.
I left school on my 15th birthday.
I don’t think my work does reflect my nationality – I don’t like the idea of nationalism.
I’ve had some weird experiences.
It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary.
I’m not really one for regrets.
The earth has a life of its own.
My first influence obviously was Picasso.
The only thing they can’t teach you at art school is art.