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Bratsk, Siberia, 1967
"I was doing a magazine story about the hydroelectric dam in Bratsk, which at that time was the largest in the world, but when you’re in a place you want to look around as well so I walked into this wedding palace. You can read anything you want into it. I think that if you explain pictures it’s like explaining jokes, or as a friend of mine used to say “It’s like dissecting a frog: once it’s dissected it’s dead". If it hits you, fine. If it doesn’t, that’s fine too. A picture has more than content, it has also a position, a style and so forth, so if you get something out of it, it’s good enough: if you get something beyond that, it’s even better"
~ Elliott Erwitt
Le Baiser de l'Opéra, 1950
“Life is short. Break the rules. Forgive quickly, kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably and never regret anything that made you smile. The world I was trying to present was one where I would feel good, where people would be friendly, where I could find the tenderness I longed for. My photos were like a proof that such a world could exist.”
~ Robert Doisneau
Le Pont Neuf, Paris, 1948
“Every photo is my first photo. I have avoided nothing, roads, trains, plains, tiredness, departures, passions, morning light, desire for others, life. People often ask me “How did you begin?” I like to answer: “With light". I look out every morning, like a farmer, at the grey and white sky of Paris. I wake with the promise of sunshine”
~ Edouard Boubat(1923 - 1999)
Love Poem, Chicago, 1967
"I was able to look through that camera and to see things that I loved. I loved my community. I love my people as I do now"
~ John Simmons
La Derniere Valse Du 14 Juillet, 1949
"People like my photos because they see in them what they would see if they stopped rushing about and took the time to enjoy the city."
~ Robert Doisneau