[Photographer, b. 1894, Budapest, Hungary, d. 1985, New York.]
I do not document anything. I give an interpretation.
I am an amateur and I intend to stay that way for the rest of my life. (1930)
I am not a surrealist. I am only a realist. All this group—surrealists—use my name. No, no, I am realist.
You do not have to imagine things; reality gives you all you need.
Have confidence in the inventions and transformations of chance.
Look, if you want to learn how to write, you study the alphabet and exercise every day. And in the end you have a very beautiful alphabet. But what are you expressing with the alphabet? Perfect technique but expressing nothing. This is what I call “calligraphic photographs á l’americaine.”
I am always saying that the best photographs are those I never took.
The camera is my tool. Through it I give reason to everything around me.