"I still think the social function of art is that kind of negative aesthetic. Otherwise there’s no social function for it."
"Black and white was always my choice because of my interest in drawings. A black-and-white photograph is just more pronounced because it’s all about lines and the changes are tonal, from grays to darker grays to blacks and to whites. So drawing is conserved in the black- and-white palette. What’s interesting to me is that the fact that color is removed somehow makes certain things more obvious. One is not distracted by the fact that it’s connected to real lives- or perhaps I should say that black and white is a little bit more removed from real life than color photography is. It is removed from reality- it’s its own thing."
- An-My Lê