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All Quotes by author - Alison Jackson
" A lot of people who look at my photographs think it is an easy joke, but it does take a bit of thinking about. "
" Among other things, I use a Samsung mobile phone, a very bad quality video camera, and an old Olympus with extremely bad Sigma lenses. "
" Celebrities do look different in real life from our images of them - there is a big gap. And that is what my work is about: the gap between the image and the celebrity themselves. "
" I am fascinated by the Royal Family because they are shrouded in mystique, and the Queen, and to a certain extent William, represent fabulous blank canvases. I find the Prince of Wales less fascinating because he spills the beans and we know too much about him. "
" I am very pro-royal. Britain without them would be a sadder place. "
" I can't remember exactly how old I was when my parents gave me my first camera, but it was a Canon, and I was certainly far too young to have such a good camera. "
" I'd like to take more pictures of real celebrities. It would be fabulous to photograph Brad Pitt. He's so good-looking and just such a star. "
" If you see everything through the lens, you are constantly composing pictures. I think in pictures; I don't think in text. "
" I had a very outdoorsy childhood. I was athletic and used to ride and do dressage. I could ride almost before I could walk. There is a picture of me at 18 months old sitting happily on the back of a donkey. "
" I'm a contemporary artist and I show in art galleries and museums. I show a number of photographs and films, but I also make television programs, books and some appetizing, all with the same concept. "
" I'm not really interested in the celebrity themselves. I'm interested in the perception of the celebrity. "
" I'm not satirical in a traditional way. What I do is more about creating caricatures and cartoons. I am commentating on the nature of how we live through photography, and how you can twist an angle to create a different perception of a person. "
" I'm particularly interested in how you can't rely on your own perception. "
" I think my parents had in mind that I would settle down at quite a young age, but I decided that being a housewife in a big country house wasn't for me. "
" I think privacy is important, and it's important you don't bore people with your own boring self. "
" It's always difficult to see yourself as other people do, but I'm realistic about my appearance. I wasn't born with one of those pretty, pretty faces, so I've never been absorbed with the way I look. I just try to make the most of what I've got. "
" It's always fun to put fake celebrities in unlikely situations, but somehow it's even more fun when politicians are involved. "
" Of course, my own political beliefs inform the ideas I come up with. "
" Photography can be a deceitful, superficial medium that leads us into believing something even though we know it's not necessarily true. It lulls us into a false sense of complacency. "
" Photography seduces us into thinking we can believe photographs, whereas we can't really believe that a picture can tell us any kind of truth at all. "
" The only people I really hate are parking attendants. "
" There is a wall of myth around royals and A-list celebrities, and that makes us wonder what they are really like. We see them on magazine covers so often that we think we know them intimately, and we want to learn more. I like to burst that bubble a little. "
" When I am preparing my 'lookalike' photographs, I think about the character of the real people, because, if the photographs are going to be plausible, you have to convince the viewer that they could have happened. "
" When Princess Diana died, I couldn't understand why people were mourning her death in such an enormous, hysterical way when they didn't actually know her for real. "
" You can watch a little bit of war from your nice living room - 30 seconds of what's going on in Syria - and when you've had enough, switch over to some celebrity programme. We live our life through screens and images in this way, and we don't know what is real or fake anymore. It doesn't matter. "
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