Quote of the Day
What has changed is that when I photographed, most people that I photographed didn’t have the right of refusal on their work. It would take a Marilyn Monroe at her height to be able to dictate that.
I love the idea I can go off with a single camera and a few rolls of film unencumbered… I was not interested in the illusion of reality, I wanted to get close to what was happening.
If the chemistry is right between star and photographer and the geometry of the pictures pleases the star, often the two people end up with a long-term professional friendship during which they continue to work together and to produce highly personal images.
If a photographer cares about the people before the lens and is compassionate, much is given.
I don’t see anybody as either ordinary or extraordinary. I see them simply as people in front of my lens.
What I have tried to do is involve the people I was photographing… if they were willing to give, I was willing to photograph.
It doesn’t matter if you use a box camera or you use a Leica; the important thing is what motivates you when you are photographing.
What you need to be a good photographer is an overwhelming curiosity and a good digestion. Sometimes you feel blessed with curiosity, sometimes you feel cursed with it.
If you are careful with people, they will offer you part of themselves. That is the big secret.
I realise that I had the best of serious picture journalism. There was an innocence in our approach, especially in the 1950s and 1960s when we naively believed that by holding a mirror up to the world we could help – no matter how little – to make people aware of the human condition.
Died: January 4, 2012
Charlie Thomas Munger
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