Marc Riboud
[Photographer, b. 1923, St.-Genis-Laval, France, d. 2016, Paris.]

 If taste for life diminishes, the photographs pale, because taking pictures is like savoring life at 125th of a second. 
 Rather than a profession, photography has always been a passion for me, a passion closer to an obsession. 
 Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second. 
 Instinctively, I feel that good photographs come from being surprised. 
 My obsession is with photographing life at its most intense as intensely as possible. It’s a mania, a virus as strong as my instinct to be free. 
 My vision of the world is simple. Tomorrow, each new day, I want to see the city, take new photographs, meet people and wander alone. 
 Chim told me not to follow too closely the advice of Capa, and Capa told me not to take any notice of Henri’s advice. So I was a bit mixed up and went to see George Rodger… and he said, “Don’t listen to any of them, only to me.” (On joining the Magnum photo agency in 1953) 
 I have always been more sensitive to the beauty of the world than to violence and monsters. 
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