I don't know about other people's cameras. Mine is a thing I had cobbled up, it holds together with tape and is always losing parts. All I need to set is the distance and that other thing - what do you call that other thing?

— Mario Giacomelli

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[My mother] died a few months ago, and when she was dead I kissed her lips.

For me it was a beautiful moment. From then on I started living with her, asking her from time to time if she was alright, if she was pleased with me. But these things are far greater than photography, and I probably shouldn't be speaking about them.

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Nature is a mirror in which I am reflected, because by rescuing this land from sad devastation [through recreating it in photographs], I am in fact trying to save myself from my own inner sadness.

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Photography is not difficult - as long as you have something to say.

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There are situations that refuse to be photographed.

But at other times nothing will stop me, because I know my pictures will not shout against anyone - only against time.

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I try to photograph thoughts.

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Of course [photography] cannot create, nor express all we want to express.

But it can be a witness of our passage on earth, like a notebook.

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