The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don't have to explain things with words.

— Elliott Erwitt

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To me, photography is an art of observation.

It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.

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Covering a historic event is perfectly legitimate.

It's not sneaking into somebody's boudoir... These people belong to history, and not to record that if you have the opportunity would be wrong.

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Color is descriptive. Black and white is interpretive.

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After following the crowd for a while, I'd then go 180 degrees in the exact opposite direction. It always worked for me.

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Working myself into a position of total versatility, so that I can do anything I want to do at the time I want to do it. Whether I do it or not is another question.

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All the technique in the world doesn't compensate for the inability to notice.

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Nothing happens when you sit at home.

I always make it a point to carry a camera with me at all times...I just shoot at what interests me at that moment.

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Photography is an art of observation - it's about creating something extraordinary out of the ordinary. You choose a frame and then wait until the right time for something magical to come along and fill it.

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I like things that have to do with what is real, elegant, well presented and without excessive style. In other words, just fine observation.

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I like to think I keep my mind open. When I walk the streets I don't look for anything in particular. I come from a philosophy that believes you shouldn't have preconceived notions - that you don't need a gimmick. That you should just photograph what you react to - what you see.

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Good photography is not about Zone Printing or any other Ansel Adams nonsense.

It's just about seeing. You either see or you don't see. The rest is academic. Photography is simply a function of noticing things. Nothing more.

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I see no difference between my pictures that people consider amusing and the rest. To me, it's all serious work - they're just a reaction to what I see. I don't leave this apartment in the morning and say to myself 'Today I'm going to be funny and tomorrow I'm going to be sad.'

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About Elliott Erwitt

Quotes 67 sayings
Nationality French
Profession Photographer
Birthday October 16

You can find pictures anywhere. It's simply a matter of noticing things and organizing them.

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Photography is simply a function of noticing things.

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It's just seeing - at least the photography I care about.

You either see or you don't see. The rest is academic. Anyone can learn how to develop. It's how you organize what you see into a picture.

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I don't like explosions. I don't mind progress. But digital photography has made every man, woman, child and chimpanzee a photographer of sorts and consequently has numbed down the general quality of photographs.

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I don't really have a favorite camera.

I use a Leica and Canon a lot. It depends, especially professionally, on the requirements. But my carry-around camera is a Leica.

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It's about reacting to what you see, hopefully without preconception.

You can find pictures anywhere. It's simply a matter of noticing things and organising them. You just have to care about what's around you and have a concern with humanity and the human comedy.

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If you've got no responsibility and don't have to generate a certain amount of cash each month, and can live on a shoestring, and are ambitious enough, then you might have a chance. You can be dedicated but that is no guarantee that you'll make it. I rely on a hunch, a little luck, and some cunning.

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I wasn't imposing my presence on anyone, which is very important for a would- be journalist. I stayed back. Always let people be themselves.

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Now very often events are set up for photographers.

.. The weddings are orchestrated about the photographers taking the picture, because if it hasn't been photographed it doesn't really exist.

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You don't study photography, you just do it.

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Making people laugh is one of the highest achievements you can have.

And when you can make someone laugh and cry, alternatively, as Chaplin does - now that's the highest of all personal achievements. I don't know that I aim for it, but I recognize it as the supreme goal.

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There's no great mystique to photography.

A lot of photographers like to put their hands up to their forehead and tell you how they've suffered and so forth. Well, I just rent a car and drive to the place and take the pictures.

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I am a professional photographer by trade and an amateur photographer by vocation.

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The best things happen when you just happen to be somewhere with a camera.

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As a professional photographer I take photographs for other people to see - but I want them to see what I see. So I never assume that only a few people will appreciate what I do. At all times, the public should be able to understand what I've done, even if they don't understand how I've done it.

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The advantage of taking pictures of the famous is that they get published.

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I appreciate simplicity, true beauty that lasts over time, and a little wit and eclecticism that make life more fun.

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You have to devote yourself totally to be successful at it.

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Everybody's got to do something... I'd been on my own since an early age and I thought I better find something to do to buy biscuits and stuff. From high school onwards I was earning my way with photography, one way or another, working in darkrooms and taking pictures of weddings, neighbors' children and so on.

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I like museums in Berlin a lot, especially in the eastern part. They're extraordinarily good.

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Ill always be an amateur photographer.

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The main thing is to study pictures and stop listening to the pontifictaions of photographers. Photographers aren't oracles of wisdom. If they're good photographers, then take a good look at their pictures - what else do you need?

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Somehow Photoshop and the ease with which one can produce an image has degraded the quality of photography in general.

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In those simpler days, you could just take pictures of movie stars and show them the way they were, as normal human beings. And if I felt part of any movement at the time, it was just to do that - to be journalistic and photograph what is, rather than what is made up.

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It's about time we started to take photography seriously and treat it as a hobby.

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I enjoy nothing more than spending time with my loved ones, young and old, and at least once a year we get together for a formal family photograph.

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My 'work' is about seeing not about ideas.

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Do what the client wants, not what you want.

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You can find pictures anywhere. It's simply a matter of noticing things and organizing them. You just have to care about what's around you and have a concern with humanity and the human comedy.

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A visual sense is something you either have or you don't.

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I am serious about not being serious.

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I dislike landscapes. I only like people, and plastic flowers.

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Something catches your eye, or your interest.

You attack it in some way or observe it in some way, and try to put it in some kind of form and take a picture. It's as simple as that.

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If you keep your cool, you'll get everything.

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Photography is a craft. Anyone can learn a craft with normal intelligence and application. To take it beyond the craft is something else. That's when magic comes in. And I don't know that there's any explanation for that.

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The thing is that when you don't carry a camera, that's when you see pictures in particular, or at least that's when you think you see pictures in particular. When you do carry it, if you do see one on the occasion that you do, you can take it.

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Dogs don't mind being photographed in compromising situations.

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