"You don’t take a photograph, you make it."
"A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know".
"If your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough."
"To take a photograph is to align the head, the eye and the heart. It’s a way of life."
HENRI CARTIER BRESSON
"I photograph to see what the world looks like in photographs."
"If I am looking for a story at all, it is in my relationship to the subject - the story that tells me, rather than that I tell."
"With photography, I like to create fiction out of reality. I try and do this by taking society’s natural prejudice and giving this a twist."
”The maximum, that is what has always interested me.”
"Photo is a small voice, at best, but sometimes - just sometimes - one photograph or a group of them can lure our senses into awareness. Much depends upon the viewer; in some, photographs can summon enough emotion to be a catalyst to thought."
W. EUGENE SMITH
”I prefer to spend my time in my corner of the world: south Europe and west Asia, where I understand the codes and can make connections.”
"The flow of people in a setting, their changing relationships to each other and their environment, and their constantly changing expressions and movements - all combine to create dynamic situations that provide the photographer with limitless choices of when to push the button. By choosing a precise intersection between subject and time, he may transform the ordinary into the extraordinary and the real into the surreal."
"The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera. "
"Your first 10.000 photographs are your worst."
"It is one thing to photograph people. It is another to make others care about them by revealing the core of their humanness."
"I take photographs with love, so I try to make them art objects.
But I make them for myself first and foremost - that is important.”
"Let us first say what photography is not. A photograph is not a painting, a poem, a symphony, a dance. It is not just a pretty picture, not an exercise in contortionist techniques and sheer print quality. It is or should be a significant document, a penetrating statement, which can be described in a very simple term – selectivity."
"Experience is the best teacher of all. And for that, there are no guarantees that one will become an artist. Only the journey matters."