Graciela Iturbide
[Photographer, b. 1942, Mexico City, lives in Coyoacán, Mexico.]

 When I’m taking pictures I even forget that I have a camera. When I shoot I forget about everything. Light comes, death comes, people go in and out in costume—and it’s like a play. 
 Wherever we go we want to find the theme we carry inside ourselves. 
 In a way my work is documentary. But I am also a photographer who has a distinct style. My photographs are a companion to the reality of the situation. 
 I never use a telephoto lens. I need to be close to people. I need their complicity; I need them to be aware that I am there taking their picture. I hate paparazzi. 
 I do not understand what makes me take a picture. Cartier-Bresson talks about the “decisive moment,” the necessity to function with “lynx eyes and silk gloves.” Perhaps what happens when you press the shutter is an intuitive act infused with all you have learned. 
 The camera is just a pretext for knowing the world. 
 What the eye sees is a synthesis of who you are and all you have learned. This is what I would call the language of photography. 
 A photographer without imagination is not a good photographer. 
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