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A woman said to me when she first sat down, You're photographing the wrong side of my face. I said, Oh, is there one?
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Anybody is influenced by where and how he lives.
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Anybody is influenced by where and how he lives. I was fairly lucky in Seattle.
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Bay Area photographers, I don't count them at all. I think they're very indifferent. They show an awful lot of stuff and it's nothing.
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East Coast is very largely magazine photographers. Some of them are awfully good, you know, When I watch them at work, I am just paralyzed by the skill they have.
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Everybody nowadays, two days after they're out of school, want an exhibit and expect one. I didn't ask them to come to me.
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Everybody who does anything for the public can be criticized. There's always someone who doesn't like it.
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Get it out of your historic head.
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I always wished I'd photographed somebody on the john. Back then I only thought about it and I didn't have the nerve.
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I became kind of a drop-out in science after I came back to America. I wanted to photograph.
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I believe in euthanasia. But the only really good reason for going out of this life is an insufferable illness, I think, and taking your own choice of doing it.
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I can't be so particular. I can't use a big format camera.
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I can't remember how I met Ansel, but I went in a very wide society of rich people when I was the wife of a professor at Mills. I had shows.
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I didn't think I was a better photographer than when I went to Germany.
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I didn't think I was a better photographer than when I went to Germany. I didn't make up my mind about what I was after like the students do nowadays.
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I don't care about some of these people. People magazine. I don't care about reading all that junk.
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I don't know how much anybody remembers of how he met this person or that.
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I don't know what love means.
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I don't love the world. I think Jupiter should have hit us.
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I don't remember how we managed to make a friend out of Dorthea Lange and Maynard Dixon. I don't know why he was in love with her or she with him.
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I don't resent anything.
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I don't talk about success. I don't know what it is. Wait until I'm dead.
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I don't think everything's just to go silent because I get rid of my past.
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I don't think there's any such thing as teaching people photography, other than influencing them a little. People have to be their own learners. They have to have a certain talent.
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I fell into the biggest good luck anybody could have. I paid $10 a month for a most charming old house. It was owned by a man who built the Coleman dock.
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I had a hell of a life at times. You can't bring up three kids of the same age without working at it. I worked, but I never showed. People weren't so avid about it.
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I had a lot of navy and army clients. I had tea parties in the afternoon and they came and looked and bought.
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I had friends, but I didn't make any with the Hollywood people.
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I had one decision when I left Germany, which was that I would have to make a living.
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I had worked at Edward Curtis's studio. That's where I had learned to make platinum prints. I worked for him for two years.
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I hate big models.
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I have a commitment, not a job. I don't plan on what I'm going to do. I let things happen.
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I just didn't want to go on with school. I would have had to get a doctor's degree, and I wanted to photograph.
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I know a lot of people resent my not answering their letters. I can show you my two boxes of unanswered letters. I can't get down to it.
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I never had any contest with anybody in the way of a job.
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I never paid any attention to how I was getting along. I just took what came to me.
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I never stopped photographing. There were a couple of years when I didn't have a darkroom, but that didn't stop me from photographing.
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I offered to work for free, and that's how they took me on. Nobody does it nowadays. They want to be paid.
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I remember sometimes people who were photographers just came to see me.
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I spent quite a while in Maine. In the summertime it's nice. But I wouldn't have weathered the winter, myself.
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I think doctors can tell the point of near death. And they should put them out of their misery.
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I think girls aren't as much of a help. They may be, but I never had them. How do I know? That's terribly presumptuous.
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I think I've always been working around to do something. I don't think of myself as established. There are plenty of places where they've never heard of me.
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I think other people promoted me. I was, of course, in a lot of magazines. And you know how friends phone one person or another.
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I think San Francisco is the best place in the whole world for an easy life.
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I told the students that whatever they did in class was for the wastebasket.
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I turn people into human beings by not making them into gods.
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I understand that Ansel has a different point of view about it than I do.
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I was a member of the Seattle Art Society before I went to Germany.
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I was a member of the Seattle Art Society before I went to Germany. Most of the people I met were architects and artists. I don't know whether it should be called art.
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I was brought up on art. My father thought I had a great hand at art and sent me to art school. But he did not want me to become a photographer.
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I was brought up on art. You see, my father thought I had a great hand at art and he sent me to art school on Saturdays.
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I was invited to photograph Hollywood. They asked me what I would like to photograph. I said, Ugly men.
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I was poor. When you're poor you work, and when you're rich you expect somebody to hand it to you. So I think being reasonably poor is very good for people.
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I was published very early in Wilson's and in another one.
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I worked at Edward Curtis's studio. That's where I learned to make platinum prints.
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I wouldn't have used a pretty woman. I would refuse a pretty woman immediately. I've no interest in what people call beauty.
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I'd never kill myself for a man or anybody. I believe in euthanasia. But the only really good reason for going out of this life is an insufferable illness.
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I'd never kill myself for a man. I wouldn't do it for anybody.
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I'm sure I can't remember at all how I met Ansel or anybody around here. But I went in a very wide society of rich people when I was the wife of a professor at Mills.
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If you go into archives you'll not be a photographer.
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In the 20s I was pretty busy photographing Mills girls. They came to me. I don't know how I did it now, with the money. It was so little and the orders so small.
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It's silly to keep people alive who have a terrible disease.
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Make a book of the family. It's the best way of keeping photographs. People don't want everything on the wall all the time.
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My father said at 98, If I had a terminal disease, I would just turn my face to the wall. He was a bit of a Buddhist anyway. But he was 98, and the next day he walked into the bathroom and fell dead.
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My first break with the Vanity Fair in the 1930s was taking any order I could get.
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My mind is vacant on names, but I know him as well as anything. When I need names they drop out of my head; when I don't need them they drop back.
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Nobody's ever paid any attention to the paper I wrote that was published. My article was written solely in German.
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Oh, you ask me, what is the greatest torture of a person who does portraits for a living? I could fill several volumes with nice nasty stories. I don't know.
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People are all on a kind of revival of the old now, and they do gum prints and platinum. But it won't last. Platinum is just too expensive.
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So I think being reasonably poor, that is, not hungry, is very good for people.
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Some people say to me, Isn't it too bad that people discovered you so late? I never thought that.
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Someone said, when I left his house, You're the only photographer who hasn't blown a fuse in my house. I thought that was pretty neat.
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The other day I came upon an old bill of mine to some very wealthy people in Seattle, 1917. I was then doing a job for $25, and that was the family.
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The San Francisco Museum had a show of mine a long time ago. But no rich man came along and said, I'll do this, that, and the other for you.
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There are certain things you don't discuss with Ansel, especially if you don't agree.
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There are certain things you don't discuss with Ansel, especially if you don't agree. Ansel shouldn't have been a teacher, but a researcher.
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There is something happening to photography now that hasn't happened before. It's a big rush. We didn't expect all this business. This is sort of murder, in a way.
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They have a foundation. That is what they call it. He's an attorney. He knows that for a foundation he can take it off his income tax.
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Unless you're the most extraordinary photographer, any situation isn't yours. It's everybody's.
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We lived on Twin Peaks, and there I had three children.
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We weren't all geniuses, believe me. If you asked to see the whole show at the San Francisco Museum, you'd realize it wasn't all great stuff. Not by any means.
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Well, I don't think there's any such thing as teaching people photography, other than influencing them a little. Or maybe inspire them, or perk them up. People have to be their own learners. They have to have a certain talent, and kind of an eye.
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Well, I had a lot of prints shown in all kinds of places.
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Well, I so much prefer the West Coast to the East. I spent quite a while, one summer, in Maine. I must say, in the summertime it's nice. But I wouldn't have weathered the winter, myself.
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Well, I started out as a magazine photographer. That is, my first break with the Vanity Fair in the 1930's was taking any order I could get.
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Well, I think West Coast, compared with East Coast, is superior. Not because of every single person, but because of the general value of the whole thing.
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Well, I turn people into human beings by not making them into gods.
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Well, there were a couple of years when I didn't have a darkroom, but that didn't stop me from photographing because we took it to a place downtown.
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Well, we lived on Twin Peaks, and there I had three children. Very young, you see.
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West Coast, compared with East Coast, is superior. East Coast is very largely magazine photographers. I started out as a magazine photographer.
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When I left Germany the lab copied everything of mine. They made new negatives for themselves.
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When I need names they drop out of my head; when I don't need them they drop back.
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When people ask me silly questions about my private life, I just say, I don't discuss that.
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When People magazine called me, I did the job on Ansel. I'm older than Ansel and he has to mind me.
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When you do portraits professionally it's not a desire, it's for money.
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Whenever I see anything that I want to do, I do it. But I'm not forced to do it.
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You see, I became kind of a drop-out in science after I came back to America.
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