“It’s not where you take things from; it’s where you take them to.”
“For me the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity, the master of the instant which, in visual terms, questions and decides simultaneously. In order to “give a meaning” to the world, one has to feel involved in what one frames through the viewfinder. This attitude requires concentration, discipline of mind, sensitivity, and a sense of geometry. It is by economy of means that one arrives at simplicity of expression.
To take a photograph is to hold one’s breath when all faculties converge in a face of fleeing reality. It is at that moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.
To take a photograph means to recognize – simultaneously and within a fraction of a second – both the fact itself and the rigorous organisation 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.”
“There is nothing more useless than a sharp photograph of a fuzzy concept.”
“The fondlers can fight over that whilst looking at their photos of brick walls.”
“You cannot depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus.”
“I hate cameras. They interfere, they’re always in the way. I wish: if I could just work with my eyes alone. To get a satisfactory print, one that contains all that you intended, is very often more difficult and dangerous than the sitting itself. When I’m photographing, I immediately know when I’ve got the image I really want. But to get the image out of the camera and into the open, is another matter.”
“Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler”
“I’m always perplexed when people say that a photograph has captured someone. A photography is just a tiny slice of a subject. A piece of them in a moment. It seems presumptuous to think you can get more than that.”