Boris Mikhailov
[Photographer, b. 1938, Kharkov, Ukraine, lives in Kharkov and Berlin.]

 As a photographer with unofficial authority I discover, I observe, I clandestinely stalk. 
 They say about me, that I proceed like a cat in hiding, watching. I am waiting for the best moment to press the button of the camera. 
 When you’re open to life, it responds to you. That is what an intuitive possibility of photography is—to crawl deeper into the depths of life. 
 Through the ass of this woman I saw the world. (On his series of photographs: “Superimpositions.”) 
 I was always against good technique because it didn’t work with Soviet life. Good quality equals foreign life. 
 We as spectators are the ones who are humiliated and degraded by the confrontation, exposed to a truth we cannot walk away from and cannot bear to share. 
 Photographic accident may be more interesting than a consciously constructed collage. 
 As soon as I got to New York, in the late ‘80s, I went to Harlem. Everybody told me not to go, and if I went, not to take pictures. Of course I went, and I went with a camera. 
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