Congratulations 12 Years a Slave!
“They have an intentionality that is imposed by the maker rather than received from the sitter. This is perhaps why his photographs invoke the sublime.”
“It’s a partnership. It’s up to the person in front of the camera to be honest and create an honest image of themselves. You really have to drop your guard. That’s what the best portraits are about. You let go for that instant and are not trying to put up a front or pose. You forget yourself.”
“I’m not where I need to be, but thank god I’m not where I used to be.”