André Kertész
[Photographer, b. 1894, Budapest, Hungary, d. 1985, New York.]

 I do not document anything. I give an interpretation. 
 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. 
 I am an amateur and I intend to stay that way for the rest of my life. (1930) 
 Two seconds are a thousand years. 
 A photograph draws its beauty from the truth with which it is marked. For this very reason I refuse all the tricks of the trade and professional virtuosity which could make me betray my canon. As soon as I find a subject which interests me, I leave it to the lens to record truthfully. 
 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.” 
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