Ernst Haas
[Photographer, b. 1921, Vienna, Austria, d. 1986, New York City.]

 Don’t take pictures. Be taken by your pictures. 
 There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are. 
 All I wanted was to connect my moods with those of Paris. Beauty pains and when it pained most, I shot. 
 Leica, schmeica. The camera doesn’t make a bit of difference. All of them can record what you are seeing. But you have to see. 
 The final stage of photography is transforming an object from what it is into what you want it to be. 
 Photography is a bridge between science and art. It brings to science what it needs most, the artistic sense, and to art the proof that nothing can be imagined which cannot be matched in the counterpoints of nature. 
 Living in a time of the increasing struggle of the mechanization of man, photography has become another example of this paradoxical problem of how to humanize, how to overcome a machine on which we are thoroughly dependent... the camera. 
 I prefer to be noticed some day, first for my ideas and second for my good eye. 
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