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Photography is an immediate reaction, drawing is a meditation.

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The photograph itself doesn't interest me. I want only to capture a minute part of reality.

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In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little, human detail can become a Leitmotiv.

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To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event.

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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.

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During the work, you have to be sure that you haven't left any holes, that you've captured everything, because afterwards it will be too late.

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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.

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Above all, I craved to seize the whole essence, in the confines of one single photograph, of some situation that was in the process of unrolling itself before my eyes.

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In whatever one does, there must be a relationship between the eye and the heart. With the eye that is closed, one looks within, with the eye that is open, one looks without.

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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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