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There are many photographs which are full of life but which are confusing and difficult to remember. It is the force of an image which matter. - Brassai - Amateur Photographer, June 18, 1969.

..the thing that is magnificent about photography is that it can produce images that incite emotion based on the subject matter alone. - Brassai

We should try, without creasing to tear ourselves constantly by leaving our subjects and even photography itself from time to time, in order that we may come back to them with reawakened zest, with the virginal eye. That is the most precious thing we can possess. - Brassai

The precise instant of creation is when you choose the subject. (meaning that the essential thing occurs at the moment when he, the photographer, meets the reality he wishes to capture. - Brassai

Photography in our time leaves us with a grave responsibility. While we are playing in our studios with broken flowerpots, oranges, nude studies and still lifes, one day we know that we will be brought to account: life is passing before our eyes without our ever having seen a thing. - Brassai

Do you know what Picasso said when he looked at my drawings in 1939? “You’re crazy, Brassai. You have a gold mine and you spend your time exploiting a salt mine!” The salt mine was – naturally – photography! - Brassai , Dialogue With Photography by Paul Hill , ISBN: 0948797665 , Page: 39
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I like living beings; I like life, but I like to capture it in such a way that the photo does not move. I don't really like the snapshot, the Leica with its 39 views, all of which distract attention. - Brassai

Chance is always there. We all use it. The difference is a poor photographer meets chance one out of a hundred times and a good photographer meets chance all the time. - Brassai

The purpose of art is to raise people to a higher level of awareness than they would otherwise attain on their own. - Brassai
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In the absence of a subject with which you are passionately involved, and without the excitement that drives you to grasp it and exhaust it, you may take some beautiful pictures, but not a photographic oeuvre. - Brassai

After twenty years you can begin to be sure of what camera will do. - Brassai - [cited in: Creative Camera May 1972, p. 148]
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To keep from going stale you must forget your professional outlook and rediscover the virginal eye of the amateur. - Brassai - lecture given before the Société Française de Photographie. , The picture history of photography: From the earliest beginnings to the present day by Peter Pollack , ISBN: 0500271011 , Page: 141
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To me photography must suggest, not insist or explain. - Brassai

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