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

 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. 
 I am not very interested in extraordinary angles. They can be effective on certain occasions, but I do not feel the necessity for them in my own work. Indeed, I feel the simplest approach can often be most effective. A subject placed squarely in the centre of the frame, if attention is not distracted from it by fussy surroundings, has a simple dignity which makes it all the more impressive. 
 A good nude photograph can be erotic, but certainly not sentimental or pornographic. 
 When I have found a landscape which I want to photograph, I wait for the right season, the right weather, and the right time of day or night, to get the picture which I know to be there. 
 ... I did not always know just what it was I wanted to photograph. I believe it is important for a photographer to discover this, for unless he finds what excites him, what it is that calls forth at once an emotional response, he is unlikely to achieve his best work. 
 Instead of photographing what I saw, I photographed what the camera was seeing. I interfered very little, and the lens produced anatomical images and shapes which my eyes had never observed. 
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