"If, as is often said, you can't win, it is perhaps because
when you do you have so much to lose. To put it a
little gloomily winning could be called the mark of Abel.
It would be beautiful to photograph the winners of anything
from Nobel prize to booby prize, clutching trophy or money
or certificate, solemn or smiling or bloody, on the
precarious pinnacle of the human landscape."
Text for a project on winners from
Diane Arbus 1962 notebook (No. 8)
[Copied at the Diane Arbus show now
up at the Metropolitan Museum. A
must-see without doubt!]