"I’m not a great one for chatting people up, because it’s phony. I don’t want people to feel at ease. You want a bit of edge. There are quite long, agonised silences. I love it. Something strange might happen. I mean, taking photographs is a very nasty thing to do. It’s very cruel."
(Thanks to Paul Stent)
Featured Comment by David Zivic: "I live in a resort town in Mexico and there are always tourists, especially off the cruise ships, that hand me some crappy little camera and say 'Would take our picture please,' usually with something mildly interesting in the background. I first get them all lined up, doing their interpretation of a pose, and then I take off running with their camera. I always stop after about three steps and say 'just kidding.' Now I've got them right where I want them. Terrified, feeling stupid, naive, and vulnerable. I line them up again and they follow my instructions implicitly. I now have them completely under my control. Then, instead of the normal 'say cheese,' I always calmly expound. 'okay, now everybody think about sex.' I then wait a second or two for it to sink in then their expressions are just priceless. I've never been offered a gratuity."
Featured Comment by Sean: "Here's naughty: 'I always thought of photography as a naughty thing to do—that was one of my favorite things about it. And when I first did it, I felt very perverse.' Diane Arbus."
Mike Adds: There are some more great Diane Arbus quotes at this link.