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.
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'm the last person who has any desire to instruct anybody in shame. That's no errand for me.
We live in an age where anonymity is growing in magnitude like a bomb going off.
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.
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.
As soon as you forbid something, you make it extraordinarily appealing. You also bring shame in as a phenomenon.
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 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.
I'm guilty of extraordinary naivete, I suppose. But it's a naivete that I really don't want to abandon, not even now.
But the truth is that Homo sapiens is a sensual species. I think all species are, to one degree or another.
The truth is that from birth on we are, to one extent or another, a fairly sensual species.
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