The photographer Irving Penn… said art means more to him as visual experience than photographs do. "I feed on art more than I ever do on photographs. I can admire photography, but I wouldn't go to it out of hunger." He said he has trouble even thinking of photographs today he would cross the street to see. 

"The greatest privilege I've had in photography," he said, "is a change of diet," by which he meant not being a specialist. In one week in 1950, in the same studio, against the same bare background, he could photograph the French collections, Giacometti, anonymous butchers and glaziers. "The butchers in between invigorated the fashions. To me it was like a balanced meal." For his audience it is more like a very rich diet, not to be taken lightly.

- Irving Penn Is Difficult. 'Can't You Tell?’
Vicki Goldberg, NY Times, 11/24/91

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Robert Ziebell

is a lens-based artist and is dedicated to bridging still and motion imagery together to create new visual languages. Working from an artist's perspective in media for over 30 years, Ziebell's work has been shown and supported by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, The Film Center at the Art Institute in Chicago, the Wexner Center in Columbus, Ohio, the The Andy Warhol Foundation, Austin Film Society's Independent Feature Fund, and the Athens, Ohio, Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Florence, Italy Film Festivals. He has been featured in various arts publications including Art-In-America, Art Lies, Grand Street magazine, and Adbuster's in Canada.

Ziebell splits his time between two distinct locations in the United States: South Texas and Michigan's upper peninsula.

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