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MARKÉTA LUSKACOVÁ
Czech photographer
I am quite often photographing people with a way of life that I think might not last for much longer. I want them and their way of life to be recorded. Photography is a great tool for remembering. - Markéta Luskacová

I often stay in one place for a long time, or I walk for hours on end. Hours, days, even years. You cannot take a picture unless you are there with the camera. It is very lovely to find myself in a particularly exalted mood when pressing the shutter, but this is the reward, not a vantage point. From Josef Sudek and Josef Koudelka I learned how long it takes to get a good photograph. - Markéta Luskacová

I like the simplicity of the images; that way I can say things more clearly. But not all my pictures are simple. - Markéta Luskacová

The art of posing the photograph is different from that of taking things as they are. I think my best pictures are not a result of a “decisive moment,” they are done in a “moment of trust.” No picture of mine was staged or posed by myself. Sometimes people spontaneously posed for me and I simply took the picture, which they offered. - Markéta Luskacová

I never liked the label documentary photographer. In a visual arts context the expressionist style is the one I feel closest to. But I consider myself simply a photographer. - Markéta Luskacová

I just try to photograph people as individuals, rather than universal qualities and subcultures. Sociology is gone from the radar. - Markéta Luskacová

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