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If you want reality take the bus. - David LaChapelle

People say photographs don't lie, mine do. - David LaChapelle -

You just do what you love, and then a style happens later on. People put it together and decide itís yours. But some days you wake up and youíre happy and some days you wake up and youíre sad, some days you wake up and youíre feeling angry about thingsÖ if you can translate that through your work, and express those feelings, thatís okay as an artist. I didnít see any difference between being a photographer or being an artist. I didnít make those boundaries. If someone wants to think itís art, thatís great, but Iíll let history decide. - David LaChapelle

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. - David LaChapelle

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Usually I think if there is something imperfect in a photograph it makes the picture more real. Photographs that are slick, smooth, and perfect seem less honest to me. - John Loengard,

The fact is that the camera is literal if anything, which gives it something in common with a thermometer...Often the tension that exists between the pictorial content of a photograph and its record of reality is the picture's true beauty. There is sleight of hand in photography...you make the viewer think he's seeing everything while at the same time you make him realize he's not. I try to make my pictures seem reasonable and then, at the last minute, pull the rug from beneath the viewer's feet, very gently so there's a little thrill. - John Loengard -

Perishability in a photograph is important in a picture. If a photograph looks perishable we say, "Gee, I'm glad I have that moment." - John Loengard,

Working alone on stories, I began to feel the anonymity of motels on interstate highways reached by jet planes and rental cars. It was hard to have a good time, and the only way I could make the loneliness excusable was by taking pictures I thought were very good, even valuable. - John Loengard,

If I'm very close in on the face, expression doesn't exist. The face becomes a landscape of the lakes of the eyes and the hills of the nose. - John Loengard,

A Ming vase can be well-designed and well-made and is beautiful for that reason alone. I don't think this can be true for photography. Unless there is something a little incomplete and a little strange, it will simply look like a copy of something pretty. We won't take an interest in it. - John Loengard,

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