I have always refused to specialise. I've always done many different kinds of things: photos, drawings, sculpture, films, books ... In the end, it is hard to have many different talents, because each one wants to monopolise you ... All you can do is try to alternate between them, following your instincts … I'm not afraid that I might be wasting my energy ... I want to be free.
My images were surreal simply in the sense that my vision brought out the fantastic dimension of reality. My only aim was to express reality, for there is nothing more surreal than reality itself. If reality fails to fill us with wonder, it is because we have fallen into the habit of seeing it as ordinary.
In any case, I always took people by surprise, for they never knew at what exact moment I was going to take the shot ... In addition, given the kind of equipment available at that time, I often needed artificial light: so I would have someone to help me who would be holding a magnesium flare. As a result, no one knew when I was going to press the shutter.
One begins to understand that painting is not our means of expression. It is a medium that comes from the past. Now there are new means of expression. There is television. There is the cinema, film. And one begins to understand that it is the photographic image which is the means to expression of our century.
I don’t like snapshots. I like to seize hold of things, and the form is very important for this... . Only through form can the image enter into our memory. It’s like the aerodynamics of a car, don’t you see? For me, form is the only criterion of a good photograph. One doesn’t forget such a photograph and one wants to see it again.