Jacques-Henri Lartigue
[Photographer, b. 1894, Courbevoie, France, d. 1986, Nice, France.]

 To talk about photos rather than making them seems idiotic to me. It’s as though I went on and on about a woman I adored instead of making love to her. 
 One shouldn’t be only two photographers but thousands. 
 What’s so incredibly amusing with photography is that while seemingly an art of the surface, it catches things I haven’t even noticed. And it pains me not to have seen things in all their depth. 
 I have two pairs of eyes—one to paint, and one to take photographs. There is little relationship between the two. 
 The golden rule is “work fast.” As for framing, composition, focus—this is no time to start asking yourself questions: you just have to trust your intuition and the sharpness of your reflexes. 
 Photography is a magic thing. A thing that has mysterious odors, a little strange and frightening, something one quickly grows to love. 
 I think just about everything has been tackled, but it may be that things will be done again, only better and differently. 
 Robert, Zissou and Louis are too big and I am too small. Most of the time they won’t let me play with them; I have to be a spectator. (Entry in childhood diary) 
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