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

 You photograph one object, then another, you place them between one another and this unintentional connection turns into a story about life in its entirety. And all this is born from chance, and this chance is photography. 
 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. 
 Photographers must be very aggressive and open for life. You have to be a very social person, you have to be able to look inside yourself. 
 It’s not important how you show something. It’s important to show it at the right time. 
 I intuitively felt that photography was the field where I could express myself as a citizen and a human being. 
 Manipulating with money is somehow a new way of legal relations in all areas of the former USSR... I wanted to transmit the feeling that in that place and now, people can be openly manipulated... I wanted to copy or perform the same relations which exist in society between a model and myself. 
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