Henri Cartier-Bresson
[Photographer and painter, b. 1908, Chanteloup, France, d. 2004, Paris.]

 Time runs and flows and only our death succeeds in catching up with it. Photography is a blade which, in eternity, impales the dazzling moment. 
 I regard myself still as an amateur, though I am no longer a dilettante. (Introduction to The Decisive Moment, 1952) 
 A photographer is part pick-pocket and part tightrope dancer. 
 One must creep up to the subject on tip toes, even when it involves a still life. One must put on velvet gloves and have Argus eyes. No pushing or crowding: an angler doesn’t stir up the waters beforehand. 
 I love painting. As far as photography is concerned, I understand nothing. 
 Photography has not changed since its origin except in its technical aspects, which for me are not a major concern. 
 What do you think I’m a professor of? The little finger? (On offers of honorary doctorates.) 
 The adventurer in me felt obliged to testify with a quicker instrument than a brush to the scars of the world. 
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