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

 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. 
 My vision of the world is simple. Tomorrow, each new day, I want to see the city, take new photographs, meet people and wander alone. 
 My obsession is with photographing life at its most intense as intensely as possible. It’s a mania, a virus as strong as my instinct to be free. 
 Rather than a profession, photography has always been a passion for me, a passion closer to an obsession. 
 I have always been more sensitive to the beauty of the world than to violence and monsters. 
 Instinctively, I feel that good photographs come from being surprised. 
 If taste for life diminishes, the photographs pale, because taking pictures is like savoring life at 125th of a second. 
 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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