the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity,
the master of the instant which, in visual terms, questions and
decides simultaneously. In order to “give a meaning”
to the world, one has to feel involved in what one frames through
the viewfinder. This attitude requires concentration, discipline
of mind, sensitivity, and a sense of geometry. It is by economy
of means that one arrives at simplicity of expression.
To take a photograph is to hold one’s breath when all faculties
converge in a face of fleeing reality. It is at that moment that
mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.
To take a photograph means to recognize – simultaneously
and within a fraction of a second– both the fact itself and
the rigorous organisation of visually perceived forms that give
It is putting one’s head, one’s eye, and one’s
heart on the same axis.