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It is not the position, but the disposition.
As photographs give people an imaginary possession of a past that is unreal, they also help people to take possession of space in which they are insecure.
Victims suggest innocence. And innocence, by the inexorable logic that governs all relational terms, suggests guilt.
In America, the photographer is not simply the person who records the past, but the one who invents it.
Lying is the most simple form of self-defence.
The past itself, as historical change continues to accelerate, has become the most surreal of subjects - making it possible... to see a new beauty in what is vanishing.
Books are funny little portable pieces of thought.
Ambition, if it feeds at all, does so on the ambition of others.
The becoming of man is the history of the exhaustion of his possibilities.
The problems of this world are only truly solved in two ways: by extinction or duplication.
The aim of all commentary on art now should be to make works of art - and, by analogy, our own experience - more, rather than less, real to us. The function of criticism should be to show how it is what it is, even that it is what it is, rather than to show what it means.
'Camp' is a vision of the world in terms of style - but a particular style. It is the love of the exaggerated.
Societies need to have one illness which becomes identified with evil, and attaches blame to its victims.
Although none of the rules for becoming more alive is valid, it is healthy to keep on formulating them.
Science fiction films are not about science. They are about disaster, which is one of the oldest subjects of art.
Surrealism is a bourgeois disaffection; that its militants thought it universal is only one of the signs that it is typically bourgeois.
To photograph is to confer importance.
Any important disease whose causality is murky, and for which treatment is ineffectual, tends to be awash in significance.
The love of the famous, like all strong passions, is quite abstract. Its intensity can be measured mathematically, and it is independent of persons.
I don't want to express alienation. It isn't what I feel. I'm interested in various kinds of passionate engagement. All my work says be serious, be passionate, wake up.
The ideology of capitalism makes us all into connoisseurs of liberty - of the indefinite expansion of possibility.
I do not think white America is committed to granting equality to the American Negro. This is a passionately racist country; it will continue to be so in the foreseeable future.
It is not altogether wrong to say that there is no such thing as a bad photograph - only less interesting, less relevant, less mysterious ones.
It is not suffering as such that is most deeply feared but suffering that degrades.
The taste for quotations (and for the juxtaposition of incongruous quotations) is a Surrealist taste.
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