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Robert Doisneau quotes


Robert Doisneau quotes
The marvels of daily life are exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street.
I like people for their weaknesses and faults. I get on well with ordinary people. We talk. We start with the weather, and little by little we get to the important things. When I photograph them it is not as if I were examining them with a magnifying class, like a cold and scientific observer. It's very brotherly. And it's better, isn't it, to shed some light on those people who are never in the limelight.
A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there --- even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity.
If I knew how to take a good photograph, I'd do it every time.
Chance is the one thing you can't buy. You have to pay for it and you have to pay for it with your life, spending a lot of time, you pay for it with time, not the wasting of time but the spending of time.
If you take photographs, don't speak, don't write, don't analyse yourself, and don't answer any questions.
I'm not a collector at heart. I'm never tormented by the longing to possess things. I'm quite happy with my pictures. I've been cohabiting with them for years now and we know each other inside out, so I feel I'm entitled to say that pictures have a life and a character of their own. Maybe they're like plants they won't really flourish unless you talk to them. I haven't gone that far - not yet anyway. Lots of them behave like good little girls and give me a nice smile whenever I walk past, but others are real bitches and never miss any opportunity to ruin my life. I handle them with kid gloves.


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