Upon first arriving in New York in 1974, I did the tourist thing. Eventually I visited the Natural History Museum, where I made a curious discovery: the stuffed animals positioned before painted backdrops looked utterly fake, yet by taking a quick peek with one eye closed, all perspective vanished and suddenlythey looked very real. I'd found a way to see the world as a camera does. However fake the subject, once photographed, it's as good as real.
- Hiroshi Sugimoto