Ralph Goings is celebrated for his highly-detailed photorealist paintings of diner interiors, countertop still lives, and antique pick-up trucks. In 2009 the Archives of American Art interviewed Goings for its oral history program. In this excerpt, he talks about a turning point in his career in 1963, when he began photographing subjects for his paintings. Through photographs he found a different way of seeing the world. This interview was funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art.