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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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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

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

Photography is pretty simple stuff. You just react to what you see, and take many, many pictures. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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

Be sure to take the lens cap off before photographing. ---->>>

I'm not a serious photographer like many of my contemporaries. That is to say, I am serious about not being serious. ---->>>

If your subjects are eternal... they'll survive. ---->>>

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

I'll always be an amateur photographer. ---->>>

When I get up in the morning I brush my teeth and go about my business, and if I am going anywhere interesting I take my camera along. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

The ratio of successful shots is one in God-knows-how-many. Sometimes you'll get several in one contact sheet, and sometimes it's none for days. But as long as you go on taking pictures, you're likely to get a good one at some point. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

I'm an amateur photographer, apart from being a professional one, and I think maybe my amateur pictures are the better ones. ---->>>

I've been around so long, most editors think I'm dead. ---->>>

Most photographers work best alone, myself included. ---->>>

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

My 'work' is about seeing not about ideas. ---->>>

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

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. ---->>>

It's almost embarrassing, but I do have one trick for taking portraits on commission. I carry one of these little bicycle horns in my pocket, and once in a while, when someone is sour-faced or stiff, I blow my horn. It sort of shatters the barriers. It's silly, but it works. ---->>>

The most awful museums are in China. They have magnificent stuff on display and just the worst way of displaying it. They just don't spend money on lighting and installation. ---->>>

Making books is a very specific kind of activity. It's not really a collection of your best pictures - although it is - but it's also a way of presenting your work so that it's not repetitive, so that it flows, and so that it makes sense in a book. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Professionally I've evolved with what's required, but the pictures I do for pleasure haven't changed, except for the cars in the background, the clothing. I haven't changed at all. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

All of my marriages lasted seven years. ---->>>

My life has been quite interesting professionally. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: French
Born: 07-26, 1928
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Occupation: Photographer
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Elliott Erwitt (born Elio Romano Erwitt, 26 July 1928) is an American advertising and documentary photographer known for his black and white candid shots of ironic and absurd situations within everyday settings— a master of Henri Cartier-Bresson's "decisive moment".(wikipedia)