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

 I am not a surrealist. I am only a realist. All this group—surrealists—use my name. No, no, I am realist. 
 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) 
 You do not have to imagine things; reality gives you all you need. 
 I do not document anything. I give an interpretation. 
 I am always saying that the best photographs are those I never took. 
 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.” 
 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. 
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