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

 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. 
 I like dogs.... They’re sympathetic. They’re nice. They don’t ask for prints. (On why he so frequently photographs dogs.) 
 Dogs are instinctive, they have a memory of the instant, like photography. 
 He [Yousef Karsh] thoroughly researches his subject, knows wife’s name, or man’s hobby, and uses this information to the hilt. He’s the ultimate flatterer. 
 Learn the craft (which is not very hard). Carefully study past work of photographers and classic painters. Look and learn from movies. See where you can fit in as a ‘commercial’ photographer – ‘commercial’ meaning working for others and delivering a product on command. But most of all keep your personal photography as your separate hobby. If you are very good and diligent it just may pay off. 
 Color is descriptive. Black and white is interpretive. 
 Everything is there in front of us. If we knew what we were looking for, we’d see the great movements of tomorrow in the miniscule details of today. 
 Little is more irritating to me than photographers pontificating about photography or talking about their pictures in public, unless these photographers have just come back from China or the moon, or have something very particular to say, or a great new technique and approach to talk about, or are interesting and intelligent personalities. They should stick to talking through their pictures. 
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