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Quote for November 2020 - Paul Strand

I find in most cases that what the artist says about what he is going to do, or what he has done, is an inadequate and not very meaningful statement. The thing is the work itself, and in a sense the artist should not be asked for the philosophy of life upon which he bases his work. The work is the basis. The work is the thing itself.

Paul Strand's reply when asked in an interview if there is a philosophy of life that he has tried to show in his photographs. 

In 'Dialogue with Photography - Interviews by Paul Hill and Thomas Cooper'. Dewi Lewis Publishing, Stockport, England, 2018. ISBN 978-1-911306-32-0