Different members of different cultures will think that some things are beautiful.
Any artist that's involved in their work is inevitably going to have a focus in what they do.
A virulent, aggressive minority has decided that Americans don't know themselves what it is they should see, and need to be protected by people who are wiser than they are, even if they are only a tiny sliver of the population.
I don't photograph any two people who are remotely the same.
All my life I've taken photographs of people who are completely at peace being what they were in the situations I photographed them in.
But empirically I've come to understand that my photographs really don't do any harm.
There isn't a person alive who doesn't like being caressed.
There are photographs that I don't take now that I previously would have taken without any thought at all as to any misinterpretations.
What pedophiles and people who have sexual desires on children lose sight of to a terrible, terrible degree - a devastating degree - is that their victims are real people who will suffer forever whatever abuses are perpetrated on them.
I'll go to do a shoot, I'll spend five or six hours at the beach with people, and when people think I'm all out of film, then they really relax and I get my good pictures.
Physical beauty is such a strange thing.
Before, I'd photograph anything. I didn't think there was anything more or less obscene about any part of the body.
The truth is that from birth on we are, to one extent or another, a fairly sensual species.
I'm guilty of extraordinary naivete, I suppose. But it's a naivete that I really don't want to abandon, not even now.
I found myself serving a sentence of public denial from the very second the raid on my apartment happened.
The world is shrinking as we see more and more of it in the media, and the more we see of the world, the smaller we are, the more aware we are of how insignificant any one of us is.
The transactions between me and the people that I photograph are very, very collaborative.
The images I like best are parts of series that I've started, in some cases, with the pregnancies of the mothers of the children in question, and I continue that series right on through the birth of children to the child that resulted from that first pregnancy.
They were without clothes before I got there, and they were without clothes when I left.
That's my ambition: that you look at the pictures and realize what complex, fascinating, interesting people every single one of my subjects is.
That dichotomy between the public consumption of the work and my intent and practice in making it is an uneasy one for me, on occasion.
There's no particular evidence that any of the lower mammals or any of the other animals have any interest in aesthetics at all. But Homo sapiens does, always has and always will.
Virtually always I get my best pictures when everybody thinks the shoot's done.
I use an 8 x 10 view camera. All other cameras are just toys.
When I started doing my work years ago, I had doubts as to whether the informed-consent question was answerable.
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