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.
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.
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.
I will always admit immediately to what's obvious, which is that Homo sapiens is inherently erotic or inherently sensual from birth.
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 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.
What I'm good at is making art.
I use an 8 x 10 view camera. All other cameras are just toys.
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.
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'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.
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