André Kertész
[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) 
 You do not have to imagine things; reality gives you all you need. 
 Have confidence in the inventions and transformations of chance. 
 I am not a surrealist. I am only a realist. All this group—surrealists—use my name. No, no, I am realist. 
 The camera is my tool. Through it I give reason to everything around me. 
 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. 
 Two seconds are a thousand years. 
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