Marc Riboud
[Photographer, b. 1923, St.-Genis-Laval, France, d. 2016, Paris.]

 For me photography is not an intellectual process. It is a visual one.... Whether we like it or not, we are involved in a sensual business. 
 My first reaction at the very idea of this interview was to refuse to talk about photography. Why dissect and comment a process that is essentially a spontaneous reaction to a surprise? 
 The idea of photography as evidence is pure bullshit. A photo is no more proof of any reality than what you may hear being said by someone in a bus. We only record details, small fragments of the world. 
 I’m often asked: Did you get what you wanted? But how should I know what I wanted? A photo is an encounter, a surprise. 
 Choice or freedom of choice is just an existential concern. But for photographers, it’s a lifetime’s preoccupation. 
 The eye is made to see and not to think.... A good photograph is a surprise. How could we plan and foresee a surprise? We just have to be ready. 
 Photography cannot change the world, but it can show the world as it changes. 
 Chim told me not to follow too closely the advice of Capa, and Capa told me not to take any notice of Henri’s advice. So I was a bit mixed up and went to see George Rodger… and he said, “Don’t listen to any of them, only to me.” (On joining the Magnum photo agency in 1953) 
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