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

 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. 
 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. 
 As a photographer with unofficial authority I discover, I observe, I clandestinely stalk. 
 Photographic accident may be more interesting than a consciously constructed collage. 
 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. 
 I know people do not want to look at such photos, but only if you look at misery in a picture do you start to notice it in the street. 
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