I shoot fantasy. If you want reality, ride the bus
If you want reality take the bus.
I think we're in a post-pornographic time and nothing seems shocking, but everything remains carnal no matter what you do.
My pictures are about getting as far away from reality as possible. Dreams should be part of our everyday life.
My work is about making candy for the eyes. It's about grabbing your attention. Even though my work is appearing in magazines I am trying to make a large picture. I want my photographs to read like a poster.
I'm a photographer, period. I love photography, the immediacy of it. I like the craft, the idea of saying 'I'm a photographer.'
I didn’t see any difference between being a photographer or being an artist. I didn’t make those boundaries. If someone wants to think it’s art, that’s great, but I’ll let history decide.
People say photographs don't lie, mine do.
I have no interest in being famous. I just want to make famous photographs.
Prostitutes go to heaven. It's their clients that go to hell.
I like thinking about the fragility of the human flesh and our bodies - our decay and eventual death.
I wanted it to provide an escape route, I wanted to make pictures that were fantastic and took you into another world, one that was brighter. I started off with this idea.
My idea was that if I took a picture of somebody and years later, or whenever, they would die and if someone wanted to know who this person was, they could take one of these pictures and it would tell who the person was.
Pictures are an escape. They should be bigger than life. In the same way, celebrities provide an escape from the mundane. They are photographed so we can worship them - so they are worthy of our worship.
For me, it's easier to like more things than to dislike them; I'm not a critic in that sense. I find it easier to like more, to be more open and enjoy more things, which has given me more opportunities.
My biggest advice would be to take the pictures you want to take. Don’t think about the marketplace, what sells or what an editor might say. And don’t think about style. It’s all bullshit and surface stuff. Style happens.
You work with people who are obsessive about shopping, obsessive about owning things and buying things, like this purchase is going to make them happy. And you want to say to them, You know, no amount of real estate is gonna fill that void.
There's nothing that symbolizes loss or grief more than a mother losing a child.
I'm part of what I consider the entertainment industry. For my photos to be entertaining, they have to be provocative and new.
The adornment of the body is a human need. I don't see anything superficial about it unless your life becomes very materialistic.
I have this idea that you can use glamour and still have it represent something that matters.
The tools I learned photographing celebrities, now I want to use them to sell ideas.
Then I got this idea in my head that magazines were like a gallery and if you got your magazine page ripped out and someone stuck it on their refrigerator, then that was a museum – someone’s private museum.
The minute you point a camera at something, you are manipulating the image, because you are cropping out whatever is to the left and right of it. The minute you put a light on someone, you are manipulating the image.
I believe in a visual language that should be as strong as the written word.
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