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People Pictures: 30 Exercises for Creating Authentic Photographs by Chris Orwig

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27. Eclectic and Eccentric

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Just before I took this picture of Keith Carter holding a faceless religious statue head, I was reading a few handwritten quotes on the walls of his darkroom. “Try to make pictures that are wise rather than clever.” “Life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference.” This portrait is a small attempt to make some of those words come alive.

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