March 22, 2011
"In art, you don’t get to learn something- you get to feel something. That’s why we listen to music. We don’t listen to music to learn that there are people in the world that don’t know who their daddy is. We already know that. But when Freddy Cole sings ‘I Wonder Who My Daddy Is’, you get to feel it. You get to feel what he feels."

— Roma

March 22, 2011
You did NOT photograph a homeless person.

Didn’t I say no bums? This is someone who does not seem to share your white supremacist views.  They are people YOU have power over and I told you not to photograph them. And you were a coward about this shot. You think you’re going to get away with that? 

Give him a bell, just for being a prick. 

If you’re interested in photographing people of color or people who live out on the street then you’re going to have to pay the price to tell us something about them. GET IN THEIR FACE. Show us that you’re moved. GET IN THEIR FACE. Show us their face. 

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March 22, 2011
"Don’t you dare go to chinatown. Leave the fucking Chinese alone."

— Roma (going on about who we cannot photograph)

March 22, 2011
Beaches and Graveyards

"Don’t take pictures in graveyards. What are you even doing there? Life takes place somewhere between the beach and the graveyard."

March 22, 2011

"I knew a man who was adopted. His adoptive father told him, ‘You’re the worst investment I ever made.’ I think if someone says that to you, you have permission to kill that person. ‘Oh, really? Well, I just happen to have this loaded shotgun right here…’"

March 7, 2011
"Robert Frost said, “Strongly spent is synonymous with kept.” He’s right. The only way to keep your life is to actually spend it."

March 7, 2011
Student- What do you think your legacy will be?
Roma- Legacy? Anyone who thinks about their legacy is an asshole.
(quiet for a minute)
Dust. That's my legacy. I'm gonna make a mess.
March 7, 2011
On Cezanne

"A Cezanne painting is more than a picture of fruit. Cezanne painted fruit in such a way that it meant something. Which is not to say he could survive this class - I turn a fucker out!"

[Paraphrased, Fall 2010]

February 15, 2011
"Ask yourself: ‘WHY MUST I BE SO IN TACT?’
You have to be a new person to make art. You can’t be whole, happy and comfortable to make art- you can’t. GO OUT. GET HURT. CREATE."

— Roma

February 15, 2011
"There is only one thing you can do that will undoubtedly change someone’s life. That thing is to hurt them."

— Roma

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