It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera... they are made with the eye, heart and head.
In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little, human detail can become a Leitmotiv.
For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.
To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event.
Photography is an immediate reaction, drawing is a meditation.
Photography is, for me, a spontaneous impulse coming from an ever attentive eye which captures the moment and its eternity.
Photography is a way of shouting, of freeing oneself, not of proving or asserting one's own originality. It's a way of life.
To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.
You just have to live and life will give you pictures.
Of course it's all luck.
To take photographs means to recognize - simultaneously and within a fraction of a second - both the fact itself and the rigorous organization of visually perceived forms that give it meaning. It is putting one's head, one's eye and one's heart on the same axis.
Sharpness is a bourgeois concept
One eye of the photographer looks wide open through the viewfinder, the other, the closed looks into his own soul.
Actually, I'm not all that interested in the subject of photography. Once the picture is in the box, I'm not all that interested in what happens next. Hunters, after all, aren't cooks.
Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever.
Life is once. Forever.
Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera.
It's seldom you make a great picture. you have to milk the cow quite a lot to get plenty of milk to make a little cheese.
The most difficult thing for me is a portrait. You have to try and put your camera between the skin of a person and his shirt.
What reinforces the content of a photograph is the sense of rhythm - the relationship between shapes and values.
Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.
...it is seldom indeed that a composition which was poor when the picture was taken can be improved by reshaping it in the dark room.
It is the photo that takes you. One must not take photos.
Photography has not changed since its origin except in its technical aspects, which for me are not important.
The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box.
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