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[b. 1964] German sculptor and photographer
[Once the photograph is taken], the sculpture is no longer that important, but nor is the photograph.... I have never thought in terms of my work culminating in pure photography. - Thomas Cyrill Demand

I’m self-taught in photography, but it’s easy. People make a bigger deal of it than it actually is. - Thomas Cyrill Demand

It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t make photographs. - Thomas Cyrill Demand

I think that nowadays there are more images in the world than world to be in the pictures. - Thomas Cyrill Demand

..the chances of making it as an artist are so small, I’d advise anyone to do something they are really passionate about, rather than speculating about what other people might be interested in. That way, if you don’t make it, which is quite likely, you at least know you were working on something that meant something to you. - Thomas Cyrill Demand

[Cameras] start to interpret life to us, which is a tautological circle, and I wonder how long you can feed yourself with yourself. - Thomas Cyrill Demand

[With my photographs] you have a [single, forever fixed] moment and my particular angle of vision. My tyrannical condition, as it were, is that I prescribe your vision. - Thomas Cyrill Demand

My work is in itself a ghost of my vision. - Thomas Cyrill Demand

..if I’m invited to do a photography show, I tend to say no. The medium itself, I find, is a relatively boring context. You would never see a show about acrylic paint. - Thomas Cyrill Demand

Artists work the with the material given by the media as much as with real experience because that material is superimposed on reality and configures the tools we use to make our way through the world. - Thomas Cyrill Demand

The production of models is at the core of a complex process.... The surroundings I portray are for me something untouched, a utopic construction. No traces are visible on their surfaces, and time seems to have come to a stop. From this arises a paradoxical state of indeterminacy, which of course in one sense opposes the idea of momentariness (so important to the beginnings of photography) but also opposes the true nature of sculpture. - Thomas Cyrill Demand

I have the impression that photography can no longer rely much on symbolic strategies and has to probe psychological narrative elements within the medium instead. - Thomas Cyrill Demand

All I can show you are the things necessary to demonstrate the thought that led me to this picture. I can’t show you the actual thought. Otherwise I’d write a pamphlet and put it up on the wall. - Thomas Cyrill Demand

What is decisive are the blurred traces left in the media by [the] incidents [they relay]. - Thomas Cyrill Demand

Working with existing pictures, like I do, you constantly think about the flood of images we are subjected to and you want to figure out how you can make sense of it. - Thomas Cyrill Demand

Things just enter reality through photographs. - Thomas Cyrill Demand

An image is always only showing what’s necessary for a thought, not the thought itself. - Thomas Cyrill Demand

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