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.
If it gets to the Supreme Court, I'll have the directors of every museum in the country as expert testimony that my work is legitimate art.
I've had to relearn how I work with people so that if and when I do avoid different things I don't send any messages in doing so.
I didn't think there was anything more or less obscene about any part of the body. Now, I recognize that there are certain postures and angles that make people see red, which are evidence of original sin or something, and I avoid that.
I'm the last person who has any desire to instruct anybody in shame. That's no errand for me.
I'm an artist that's attracted to a specific way of seeing and a way of being.
I know the families that I photograph extremely well, and I've known them for a very long time.
What I'm good at is making art.
In fact, I don't believe I'm guilty of any crimes, but I've always been drawn to and fascinated by physical, sexual and psychological change, and there's an erotic aspect to that.
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.
I just yesterday returned from a trip where I photographed a woman with two children whom I photographed first when she was the age of the older of the two children.
If somebody's pointing a trembling finger at your pants and saying you shouldn't be doing that, follow that finger back, go up the arm and look at the head that's behind it, because there's almost always something fairly woolly in there.
We live in an age where anonymity is growing in magnitude like a bomb going off.
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.
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