"[Advice to an aspiring artist/photographer:] Always take yourself seriously… it’s not the same as being pompous, or overly self-assured, but it is important to understand that the small little ideas that creep up in your mind, often contain the germ of a much larger project. All great art wasn’t born as great art. It was first needed to be recognized by the artist him/herself. Through his or her belief in it, it became true. The other advice is, to always spend a lot of time closely observing things, studying the surface of the world as that is always the visual point of departure."
Wolfgang Tillmans, Turner Prize Chat Transcript, 2000. (via l-l-w)
"There are pieces of memory that I know are true, but they exist as islands in a murky sea."
Shûji Terayama, Shadow Film - A Woman With Two Heads, 1977.