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MARIANA YAMPOLSKY
[1925 – 2002] was one of the major figures in 20th-century Mexican photography
If I have to define my photography, I’d say my studio is the street. - Mariana Yampolsky

People ask me, ‘What kind of pictures do you take?’ And I don’t know how to answer, because I can’t stand the word ‘artistic’—it’s not important to me if something is art, or not. When I see a photograph that moves me, I don’t wonder if it’s art... - Mariana Yampolsky

I’ve never been interested in expressing my own ego; on the contrary, I was interested in reflecting a moment in the lives of people that others perhaps don’t see or don’t value. - Mariana Yampolsky

Often my best photographs are the ones I didn’t take. - Mariana Yampolsky

How do I know a photograph will be good? I don’t have to see it printed. I know it at the moment I click the shutter. - Mariana Yampolsky

I always try to go beneath the surface, although many photographers find that to be painful. - Mariana Yampolsky

Although I try to be unobtrusive, it is not always possible to pass unnoticed. It pleases me when I am taken for an itinerant photographer... - Mariana Yampolsky

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