Hilla Becher
[Photographer, b. 1934, Potsdam, d. 2015, Düsseldorf.]

 Someone who concerns himself with scorpions must love them to a certain extent. And photography is there precisely to portray what is, not to sort and reproduce only the good and the beautiful. 
 What is photography other than collecting? 
 One just has to select the right objects and fit them into the picture precisely, then they tell their own story all by themselves. 
 I was interested in a straightforward 19th-century way of photographing an object. To photograph things frontally creates the strongest presence and you can eliminate the possibilities of being too obviously subjective. 
 Our work, if you want to do it thoroughly, is a race against time. 
 There are stillborn topics, where its apparent that the subject won't lead very far, because its not historically founded or is not anchored in the present or has been previously done. Think of the Cindy Sherman syndrome. 
 For me, photography is by its very nature free of ideology. Photography with ideology falls to pieces. 
 Technology is above requiring an interpretation; it interprets itself. You merely need to select the right objects and place them precisely in the picture; then they tell the story of their own accord. 
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