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

 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. 
 Thinking should be done beforehand and afterwards—never while actually taking a photograph. 
 All I care about these days is painting—photography has never been more than a way into painting, a sort of instant drawing. 
 Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst. 
 I am a pack of nerves while waiting for the moment, and this feeling grows and grows and grows and then it explodes, it is a physical joy, a dance, space and time united. Yes, yes, yes, yes! 
 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. 
 [Photography] can be like a passionate kiss, but also like a gunshot or a psychoanalyst’s couch. 
 The only thing about photography which interests me is the aim, the taking aim. 
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