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EDOUARD BOUBAT
[1923– 1999] French photojournalist and art photographer
There are certain pictures I can never take. We turn on the TV and are smothered with cruelty and suffering and I don't need to add to it. So I just photograph peaceful things. A vase of flowers, a beautiful girl. Sometimes, through a peaceful face, I can bring something important into the world. - Edouard Boubat - Paris, 1991

A photographer is a witness. He has a moral duty. Every picture must be true and honest. I believe a photographer’s strength is his ability to accurately record reality. There are photographers who think they are lucky if they find unusual or special subject. But it is never the subject that is so marvelous. It is how alive and real the photographer can make it. - Edouard Boubat - from Photo by Boubat, a film for Swedish television directed by Rune Hassner [cited in: Creative Camera June 1972, p. 184]

Taking photographs is not something that happens only in a moment I press the button. It is a full-time occupation. For me there is difference between leisure and work. - Edouard Boubat - from Photo by Boubat, a film for Swedish television directed by Rune Hassner [cited in: Creative Camera June 1972, p. 184]

To live, to experience the world, to communicate with a camera, all these are interrelated and cannot be separated from everyday live. - Edouard Boubat - from Photo by Boubat, a film for Swedish television directed by Rune Hassner [cited in: Creative Camera June 1972, p. 184]
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My pictures do not belong to me. - Edouard Boubat - Quote from “Photo by Boubat”, a film for Swedish television directed by Rune Hassner. Cited in: “WOMAN – Edouard Boubat Photographer”, Aidan Ellis Publishing Limited, Nuffield, Oxon (G. B.), 1972, p. 2

Was it the same light that enchanted the first photographers? It is the same, and it is still brand new—it is something that never wears out. - Edouard Boubat

Whether you want to or not, a photo reproduces an atmosphere. - Edouard Boubat

The wandering photographer sees the same show that everyone else sees. He, however, stops to watch it. - Edouard Boubat

All my photographs are about meetings and about coups de foudre —love at first sight. To do that type of photography, one must wipe the canvas clean to prepare for chance encounters, be open and aware to such moments, otherwise it becomes a cliché—already seen and expected. - Edouard Boubat

In some way, a photo is like a stolen kiss. In fact a kiss is always stolen, even if the woman is consenting. With a photograph it’s the same: always stolen, and still slightly consenting. - Edouard Boubat

Millions of unnecessary photos are taken every day. People stand before the Pyramids and photograph them, when for three cents they could buy postcards which show them much better. - Edouard Boubat

I think that the photos that we like were made when the photographer knew how to disappear. If there were a secret, certainly that would be it. - Edouard Boubat

Sometimes I envy painters, it is wonderful to remain in front of a bouquet of flowers a whole morning, or even longer. A photographer is like a cloud, pushed all around, always dependent on the exterior world. That’s what I sometimes feel as a pain and an error. - Edouard Boubat

There is a word we haven’t used yet: virginity... To make a photograph, the plate must be virgin, but your eye as well. - Edouard Boubat

Nowadays, photographers start out with ideas, and their photos become the expression of an idea. To my way of thinking, a photo should not depend on ideas, should go beyond ideas. - Edouard Boubat

To me, photography is like a quest, or a pilgrimage, or a hunt. I love painting, I love music, but photography is what has allowed me to get outside of myself. - Edouard Boubat

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