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The truth is no portrait of substance has people smiling. Look at the history of painting, Rembrandt, Titian, Goya, Velasquez, Sargent, Vermeer, DaVinci, etc., the subjects gaze to the viewer is neutral at best, neither inviting nor forbidding. It is there for the viewer to see and feel.

Smiling is like much of American popular culture, superficial and misleading. It is part of our vernacular, but it should be expunged in photographs.

Laughter is real. Anger, joy, resentment, frustration are powerful and meaningful sentiments to be expressed. But because of this people do not want to share what lies within, so instead let’s lie without with a smile.

— Rodney Smith (‘Smile’)
Julio Torres x Replay Models (‘Ana Loisa’)ft. Ana Loisa; 12yrs 

You’re born naked and the rest is drag.

— RuPaul
Brad Gillette (‘The Standard’)

Today you need to smile. You need to smile so big it hurts your cheeks.

— Steve Kardynal (‘Peacock’)

Facebook has proven time and again that people will trade privacy and data ownership for the social value it provides.

— Cristian Parrino (‘Unthink’)