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

 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. 
 I was always against good technique because it didn’t work with Soviet life. Good quality equals foreign life. 
 Through the ass of this woman I saw the world. (On his series of photographs: “Superimpositions.”) 
 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. 
 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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