I think photographs should be provocative and not tell you what you already know. It takes no great powers or magic to reproduce somebody's face in a photograph. The magic is in seeing people in new ways.
More Quotes from Duane Michals:How foolish of me to believe that it would be that easy. I had confused the appearance of trees and automobiles, and people with a reality itself, and believed that a photograph of these appearances to be a photograph of it. It is a melancholy truth that I will never be able to photograph it and can only fail. I am a reflection photographing other reflections within a reflection. To photograph reality is to photograph nothing.
Photography deals exquisitely with appearances, but nothing is what it appears to be.
Trust that little voice in your head that says 'Wouldn't it be interesting if...'; And then do it.
I believe in the imagination. What I cannot see is infinitely more important than what I can see.
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