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.
There are photographs that I don't take now that I previously would have taken without any thought at all as to any misinterpretations.
There isn't a person alive who doesn't like being caressed.
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.
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 became good at defending myself, but as far as I was concerned, that was a transient skill.
I am fascinated by the human body and all its evolutions.
Every child is going to grow up. You can see it happen in the books: They get older and older and belong to themselves to a greater and greater extent.
Before, I'd photograph anything. I didn't think there was anything more or less obscene about any part of the body.
But empirically I've come to understand that my photographs really don't do any harm.
We live in an age where anonymity is growing in magnitude like a bomb going off.
As soon as you forbid something, you make it extraordinarily appealing. You also bring shame in as a phenomenon.
But the truth is that Homo sapiens is a sensual species. I think all species are, to one degree or another.
I will always admit immediately to what's obvious, which is that Homo sapiens is inherently erotic or inherently sensual from birth.
I found myself serving a sentence of public denial from the very second the raid on my apartment happened.
I'm guilty of extraordinary naivete, I suppose. But it's a naivete that I really don't want to abandon, not even now.
The truth is that from birth on we are, to one extent or another, a fairly sensual species.
Virtually always I get my best pictures when everybody thinks the shoot's done.
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.
I use an 8 x 10 view camera. All other cameras are just toys.
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