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.
— Roma (going on about who we cannot photograph)
“Don’t take pictures in graveyards. What are you even doing there? Life takes place somewhere between the beach and the graveyard.”
“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…’”
|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.|
“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]
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."