Bill Brandt
[Photographer, b. 1904, Hamburg, Germany, d. 1983, London.]

 It is part of the photographer’s job to see more intensely than most people do. He must have and keep in him something of the receptiveness of the child who looks at the world for the first time or of the traveler who enters a strange country. 
 Photographers should follow their own judgment, and not the fads and dictates of others. Photography is still a very new medium and everything is allowed and everything should be tried and dared... Photography has no rules. It is not a sport. It is the result which counts, no matter how it was achieved. 
 Andre Breton once said that a portrait should not only be an image but an oracle one questions, and that the photographer’s aim should be a profound likeness, which physically and morally predicts the subject’s entire future. 
 See the subject first. Do not try to force it to be a picture of this, that or the other thing. Stand apart from it. Then something will happen. 
 A photographer must be prepared to catch and hold onto those elements which give distinction to the subject or lend it atmosphere. They are often momentary, chance-sent things... 
 The photographer must possess and preserve the receptive faculties of a child who looks at the world for the first time. 
 I always take portraits in my sitter’s own surroundings. I concentrate very much on the picture as a whole and leave the sitter rather to himself. I hardly talk and barely look at him. 
 A good nude photograph can be erotic, but certainly not sentimental or pornographic. 
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