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

 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. 
 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. 
 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. 
 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. 
 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? 
 Choice or freedom of choice is just an existential concern. But for photographers, it’s a lifetime’s preoccupation. 
 Doubt always hovers nearby, but I take photographs the way a musician hums. Looking is like breathing. So when luck turns my way and offers me a good picture, joy is surely nigh. 
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