“In each picture there is a reflection of a state of mind. Photography does not tolerate a fixed version of the beings we photograph. In many pictures we want to please. We say, ‘Smile.’ These are photos de politesse, or courtesy shots. But try as one might, the mystery that photography confers on the simplest situations prevails. There is something intangible there, an aura of the unseeable, life beyond the visible. You may call this chance, or randomness, but it is the ability of the film and the lens to capture something beyond the obvious that is, in the end, the glory of the most humble snapshot…”

Alexander Liberman, THEN: Photographs 1925- 1995