‘I was very ill at ease with people in social situations, and I realized that if I photographed I wouldn’t have to chat.’
Martine Franck (Belgian documentary and portrait photographer, co-founder and president of the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation) – April 2, 1938 – August 16, 2012.
‘When I first became interested in photography, I thought it was the whole cheese. My idea was to have it recognised as one of the fine arts. Today I don’t give a hoot in hell about it. The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each man to himself. And that is no mean function.’
Edward Steichen (Luxembourgish American photographer, painter and curator) – March 27, 1879 – March 25, 1973.
‘Photography was a licence to go whenever I wanted and to do what I wanted to do.’
Diane Arbus (American photographer) – March 14, 1923 – July 26, 1971.
‘I never cared for fashion much, amusing little seams and witty little pleats: it was the girls I liked.’
David Bailey (English fashion and portrait photographer) – January 2, 1938 (age 82)
‘You can spend three days developing a picture, doing everything, but if it’s no good, it’s no good. Or you could spend five minutes and it could be brilliant. It’s what you produce that counts.’
John Swannell (British photographer) – December 27, 1946 (age 73).
‘I enjoy traveling and recording far-away places and people with my camera. But I also find it wonderfully rewarding to see what I can discover outside my own window. You only need to study the scene with the eyes of a photographer.’
Alfred Eisenstaedt (German-born American photographer and photojournalist) – December 6, 1898 – August 23, 1995.
‘Photography allows you to learn to look and see. You begin to see things you’d never paid attention to.’
Saul Leiter (American photographer and painter) – December 3, 1923 – November 26, 2013.
‘I am totally superficial, I know. But I believe superficiality can be very serious, a defence against the gravity of things, a manner of discretion.’
Jeanloup Sieff (French photographer) – November 30, 1933 – September 20, 2000.
‘For a war correspondent to miss an invasion is like refusing a date with Lana Turner.’
Robert Capa (Hungarian war photographer and photojournalist) – October 22, 1913 – May 25, 1954.
‘Do you know what Picasso said when he looked at my drawings in 1939? “You’re crazy, Brassai. You have a gold mine and you spend your time exploiting a salt mine!” The salt mine was – naturally – photography!’
Brassaï (Hungarian/French photographer) – September 9, 1899 – July 8, 1984.