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    henri cartier-bresson Quotes

    Of course it's all luck.
    — Henri Cartier-Bresson
    tags: luck 
     
    Pictures, regardless of how they are created and recreated, are intended to be looked at. This brings to the forefront not the technology of imaging, which of course is important, but rather what we might call the eyenology (seeing).
    — Henri Cartier-Bresson
    tags: technology 
     
    Life is once. Forever.
    — Henri Cartier-Bresson
    tags: forever 
     
    I'm not responsible for my photographs. Photography is not documentary, but intuition, a poetic experience. It's drowning yourself, dissolving yourself, and then sniff, sniff, sniff - being sensitive to coincidence. You can't go looking for it; you can't want it, or you won't get it. First you must lose your self. Then it happens.
    — Henri Cartier-Bresson
    You just have to live and life will give you pictures.
    — Henri Cartier-Bresson
    tags: live 
     
    Photography is, for me, a spontaneous impulse coming from an ever attentive eye which captures the moment and its eternity.
    — Henri Cartier-Bresson
    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.
    — Henri Cartier-Bresson
    As time passes by and you look at portraits, the people come back to you like a silent echo. A photograph is a vestige of a face, a face in transit. Photography has something to do with death. It's a trace.
    — Henri Cartier-Bresson
    To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event.
    — Henri Cartier-Bresson
    tags: photography 
     
    Photography is not documentary, but intuition, a poetic experience.
    — Henri Cartier-Bresson
    One eye looks within, the other eye looks without.
    — Henri Cartier-Bresson
    tags: eyes 
     
    Of all the means of expression, photography is the only one that fixes a precise moment in time.
    — Henri Cartier-Bresson
    Photography is an immediate reaction, drawing is a meditation.
    — Henri Cartier-Bresson
    Photography is like fencing. You must keep your distance, wait, and then thrust.
    — Henri Cartier-Bresson
    tags: photography 
     
    For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.
    — Henri Cartier-Bresson
    tags: intuition  book 
     
    Sharpness is a bourgeois concept
    — Henri Cartier-Bresson
    Photography is a way of shouting, of freeing oneself, not of proving or asserting one's own originality. It's a way of life.
    — Henri Cartier-Bresson
    One eye of the photographer looks wide open through the viewfinder, the other, the closed looks into his own soul.
    — Henri Cartier-Bresson
    tags: soul  eyes  photographer 
     
    To take photographs is putting one's head, one's eye, and one's heart on the same axis
    — Henri Cartier-Bresson
    tags: heart  eyes 
     
    It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera... they are made with the eye, heart and head.
    — Henri Cartier-Bresson
    tags: heart  eyes  illusion  photo 
     
    The world is being created every minute, and the world is falling to pieces every minute
    — Henri Cartier-Bresson
    tags: world 
     
    I suddenly understood that a photograph could fix eternity in an instant.
    — Henri Cartier-Bresson
    tags: eternity 
     
    It is through living that we discover ourselves, at the same time as we discover the world around us.
    — Henri Cartier-Bresson
    tags: time  living  world 
     
    There is nothing in this world that does not have a decisive moment.
    — Henri Cartier-Bresson
    tags: world  moment 
     
    I believe that, through the act of living, the discovery of oneself is made concurrently with the discovery of the world around us.
    — Henri Cartier-Bresson
    The simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as the precise organization of forms which gives that event its proper expression... In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little human detail can become a leitmotif.
    — Henri Cartier-Bresson
    Photography is nothing-it's life that interests me.
    — Henri Cartier-Bresson
    tags: photography 
     
    With the one eye that is closed, one looks within, with the other eye that is open, one looks without.
    — Henri Cartier-Bresson
    tags: eyes 
     
    In a portrait, I'm looking for the silence in somebody.
    — Henri Cartier-Bresson
    tags: silence 
     
    If, in making a portrait, you hope to grasp the interior silence of a willing victim, it's very difficult, but you must somehow position the camera between his shirt and his skin. Whereas with pencil drawing, it is up to the artist to have an interior silence.
    — Henri Cartier-Bresson
    tags: silence  hope  artist  victim 
     
    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.
    — Henri Cartier-Bresson
    tags: people 
     
    To photograph: it is to put on the same line of sight the head, the eye and the heart.
    — Henri Cartier-Bresson
    tags: heart  eyes 
     
    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.
    — Henri Cartier-Bresson
    tags: heart  meaning  eyes  facts 
     
    What reinforces the content of a photograph is the sense of rhythm - the relationship between shapes and values.
    — Henri Cartier-Bresson
    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.
    — Henri Cartier-Bresson
    tags: reality  joy  moment  precise 
     
    Photography is only intuition, a perpetual interrogation - everything except a stage set.
    — Henri Cartier-Bresson
    Everyone has got some preconceptions, but you have to readjust them in front of reality. Reality has the last word.
    — Henri Cartier-Bresson
    tags: reality 
     
    I enjoy very much seeing a good photographer working. There's an elegance, just like in a bullfight.
    — Henri Cartier-Bresson
    The camera can be a machine gun, a warm kiss, a sketchbook. Shooting a camera is like saying, Yes, yes, yes. There is no maybe. All the maybes should go in the trash.
    — Henri Cartier-Bresson
    tags: saying  kiss  machine 
     
    The difference between a good picture and a mediocre picture is a question of millimeters - small, small differences - but it's essential. I didn't think there is such a big difference between photographers. Very little difference. But it is that little difference that counts, maybe
    — Henri Cartier-Bresson
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