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JOHN GUTMANN
[1905 – 1998] German-born American photographer and painter
Content to me is very important, but I like it when [the photograph] is also enigmatic. If you don’t know what it is you begin to speculate, and that is what I want. - John Gutmann

To me, photography was a completely new medium, and I did not... feel the urge to transfer to it my ideas about painting. - John Gutmann

I believe that some of my best images have [the] ambiguity which is an essence of life. In this sense I am not interested in trying desperately to make Art but I am interested in relating to the marvelous extravagance of Life. - John Gutmann

As a rule I do not like to explain my photographs, I want my pictures to be read and explored. I believe a good picture is open to many individual (subjective) associations. I am usually pleased when a viewer finds interpretations that I myself had not been aware of. - John Gutmann

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