“If you haven’t any experience in photography, as far as I’m concerned, what is important is that it happens out of your own experiences. And, unless you’re some kind of a bloody genius, you know, you wouldn’t be here [as a student]. You know what I mean (laughter). So it just takes a lot of living before you have something to do with your photographs, other than photographing water with petals and things like that. There’s a great deal to be said for getting older (laughter). So don’t worry about anything, just let everything happen to you; I mean, all the good and bad things. But use everything that happens to you—every single thing, even if you don’t know today what you’re going to do with it. It may come out five years from now. So nothing is lost, and just be very patient, but let everything happen to you.”
(The above transcript is from a tape recording made by Professor Arnold Gassan of Ohio University at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in October, 1969. The dialogue took place between Professor Gassan, his students and the photographer Duane Michals.)
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