Here’s a collection of my favorite quotes by photographer Jacques-Henri Lartigue.
“It’s marvelous, marvelous! Nothing will ever be as much fun. I’m going to photograph everything, everything!” – Jacques-Henri Lartigue
“Photography is a magic thing. A thing that has mysterious odors, a little strange and frightening, something one quickly grows to love.” – Jacques-Henri Lartigue
“Photography is something you learn to love very quickly. I know that many, many things are going to ask me to have their pictures taken and I will take them all.” – Jacques-Henri Lartigue
“I have never taken a picture for any other reason than that at that moment it made me happy to do so.” – Jacques-Henri Lartigue
“I take photographs with love, so I try to make them art objects. But I make them for myself first and foremost–that is important. If they are art objects at the same time, that’s fine with me.” – Jacques-Henri Lartigue
“Photography to me is catching a moment which is passing, and which is true.” – Jacques-Henri Lartigue
“What’s so incredibly amusing with photography is that while seemingly an art of the surface, it catches things I haven’t even noticed. And it pains me not to have seen things in all their depth.” – Jacques-Henri Lartigue
“The golden rule is “work fast.” As for framing, composition, focus—this is no time to start asking yourself questions: you just have to trust your intuition and the sharpness of your reflexes.” – Jacques-Henri Lartigue
“I have two pairs of eyes – one to paint and one to take photographs.” – Jacques-Henri Lartigue
“One shouldn’t be only two photographers but thousands.” – Jacques-Henri Lartigue
“I think just about everything has been tackled, but it may be that things will be done again, only better and differently.” – Jacques-Henri Lartigue
“To talk about photos rather than making them seems idiotic to me. It’s as though I went on and on about a woman I adored instead of making love to her.” – Jacques-Henri Lartigue
1) Never, never be lazy.
2) Know how to eat well; the right foods in small quantities.
3) Know how to sleep well; the sleep that comes after a good day’s work.
4) Know how to appreciate, really appreciate, any good art.
5) Know how to enjoy silence, as well as good music.
6) Open your ears to the ideas and suggestions of God.
7) Love God.
– Jacques-Henri Lartigue (Advice To Young Photographers)
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