A photograph is a moment - when you press the button, it will never come back.
Everyone takes pictures, so you need to have your own opinion.
I grew up in Switzerland, in this kind of rigidity. It was Protestant, and I was rather shy. That influenced me a lot.
I lived and grew up in the black and white period of photojournalism.
I suddenly had to chase after my pictures... Pictures are like taxis during rush hour - if you're not fast enough, someone else will get there first.
I witnessed the building of the Space Shuttle Columbia, the first orbiter to be launched into space.
If you are truly successful in capturing the pulse of life, then you can speak of a good photograph.
My photography is the result of being there at the right moment.
One of these days, I'm going to publish a book of all the pictures I did not take. It is going to be a huge hit.
The camera has always been a magic wand for me, giving me access to places where I could try new experiments.
What counts is putting the intensity that you yourself have experienced into the picture. Otherwise it is just a document.
For me, Picasso was the ultimate man. He taught me that photography is all about how you approach an image: what you do and what you don't do. He inspired me to go beyond what you think is in front of you.
I never had the time or luxury to think about inventing my own colour theory. When colour came, I was interested in expressing things that happened around me in time.
I think that's the strength of photography - to decide the decisive moment, to click in the moment to come up with a picture that never comes back again.
In 1958, a year before the revolution, Magnum wanted to send me to Cuba because they had contacts with the rebels. I'd just spent six months in South America and said 'No', so I missed everything.
For un-subscribe please check the mail footer.