Quote of the month : Martin Parr

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You can’t learn passion, either you’ve got it or you haven’t.”

— from an interview for BBC Blast

A British documentarian and PJ, and one of the Magnum’s finest, Martin Parr, says about his technique:

“I go straight in very close to people and I do that because it’s the only way you can get the picture. You go right up to them. Even now, I don’t find it easy. I don’t announce it. I pretend to be focusing elsewhere. If you take someone’s photograph it is very difficult not to look at them just after. But it’s the one thing that gives the game away. I don’t try and hide what I’m doing – that would be folly.”

from the interview with Martin Parr in the British Journal of Photography (1989).

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