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

 If I knew how to take a good photograph, I’d do it every time. 
 The marvels of daily life are exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street. 
 You must not trample on other people’s secret gardens. You must remember: to suggest is to create; to describe is to destroy. 
 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. 
 If you take photos, don’t speak, don’t write, don’t analyze yourself, and don’t answer any questions. 
 I prefer my hesitations, my false paths, my stammering, to a preconceived idea. 
 The best photos, the ones that are remembered, are the ones that have first passed through the person’s mind before being restored by the camera. 
 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. 
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