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

 The only thing about photography which interests me is the aim, the taking aim. 
 [Photography] can be like a passionate kiss, but also like a gunshot or a psychoanalyst’s couch. 
 Thinking should be done beforehand and afterwards—never while actually taking a photograph. 
 The world is going to pieces and people like Adams and Weston are photographing rocks! (1930s) 
 As photojournalists we supply information to a world that is overwhelmed with preoccupations and full of people who need the company of images... We pass judgment on what we see, and this involves an enormous responsibility. 
 I regard myself still as an amateur, though I am no longer a dilettante. (Introduction to The Decisive Moment, 1952) 
 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.) 
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