Robert Doisneau
[Photographer, b. 1912, Gentilly, Val-de-Marne, France, d. 1994, Montrouge, France.]

 You must not trample on other people’s secret gardens. You must remember: to suggest is to create; to describe is to destroy. 
 I prefer my hesitations, my false paths, my stammering, to a preconceived idea. 
 If you take photos, don’t speak, don’t write, don’t analyze yourself, and don’t answer any questions. 
 Photography is very subjective. Photography is not a document on which a report can be made. It is a subjective document. Photography is a false witness, a lie. 
 You know, they always say that the photographer is “a hunter of images.” That is a flattering image, the idea of a hunter, it’s virile, acquired power. Actually though, it isn’t that. We are really fishermen with hooks and lines. 
 The photographer must be absorbent—like a blotter, allow himself to be permeated by the poetic moment... His technique should be like an animal function... he should act automatically. 
 For a photographer, the first 70 years are a bit difficult, but after that things get better. 
 The marvels of daily life are exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street. 
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