The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box.
The camera can represent flesh so superbly that, if I dared, I would never photograph a figure without asking that figure to take its clothes off.
Using a camera appeases the anxiety which the work-driven feel about not working when they are on vacation and supposed to be having fun. They have something to do that is like a friendly imitation of work: they can take pictures.
It's a weird scene. You win a few baseball games and all of a sudden you're surrounded by reporters and TV men with cameras asking you about Vietnam and race relations.
We can't have cellphones, TV, radio or the Internet.
If the president died, we'd have no idea. There's no normalcy. It's just like prison, with cameras.
I would often find myself, at the age of 21, at midnight, running down a dark street on my own with 10 men chasing me. And the fact they had cameras in their hands made that legal.
The world just does not fit conveniently into the format of a 35mm camera.
How can a society that exists on instant mashed potatoes, packaged cake mixes, frozen dinners, and instant cameras teach patience to its young?
No photographer is as good as the simplest camera.
The most difficult thing for me is a portrait.
You have to try and put your camera between the skin of a person and his shirt.
If you have what you want to say inside, and if you are crying for something that is true inside, it doesn't matter. The camera always sees it.
But Eraserhead was the first real intense kind of thing I had ever done before the cameras and Lynch had to really bring me down a lot and he still does.
And the camera position, the organization, looking for repeating forms, shapes, trying to set up a visual rhythm seemed to come very natural. All of a sudden I was in a forest of aluminum and steel rather than a forest that we might think of in a traditional sense.
Satellite communications connect television screens in Japan with television cameras in England, and the distance of half a world loses its meaning.
I've fallen down crevasses, been bitten by snakes, been knocked unconscious, had various limbs broken and once, a heavy camera came plunging down which very nearly decapitated me.
Actually, I would love to make a music video.
Maybe it would finally put to rest those persistent rumours that have followed me throughout my career - particularly when I was on camera performing - that I had died.
When I was a fireman I was in a lot of burning buildings.
It was a great job, the only job I ever had that compares with the thrill of acting. Before going into a fire, there's the same surge of adrenaline you get just before the camera rolls.
A movie camera is like having someone you have a crush on watching you from afar -- you pretend it's not there.