Elliott Erwitt
[Photographer, b. 1928, Paris, France, lives in New York.]

 After following the crowd for a while, I’d then go 180 degrees in the exact opposite direction. It always worked for me, but then again, I’m very lucky. 
 Nothing happens when you sit at home. I always make it a point to carry a camera with me at all times... I just shoot at what interests me at that moment. 
 It’s about time we started to take photography seriously and treat it as a hobby. 
 Making pictures is a very simple act. There is no great secret in photography... schools are a bunch of crap. You just need practice and application of what you’ve learned. My absolute conviction is that if you are working reasonably well the only important thing is to keep shooting... it doesn’t matter whether you are making money or not. Keep working, because as you go through the process of working things begin to happen. 
 It’s just seeing—at least the photography I care about. You either see or you don’t see. The rest is academic. Anyone can learn how to develop. It’s how you organize what you see into a picture. 
 All the technique in the world doesn’t compensate for the inability to notice. 
 I don’t believe that photography can change the world, but it can show the world changing. 
 I like dogs.... They’re sympathetic. They’re nice. They don’t ask for prints. (On why he so frequently photographs dogs.) 
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