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June 18, 2008


Neville Austin

Re Boris Mikhailov.
I continue to be flabergasted by the routine attacks on his ethics. His photographs extol the dignity and humanity of those he portrays and bespeak his own humility in perceiving beyond the superficial. He is courageous, and he portrays courage. I do not know who is humiliated - perhaps it is his critics, for their discomfit at his images, by his and their raw direct intensity and honesty. By the humour in them. How many other photographers have suffered similar attacks for overstepping the mark - Arbus, Parr, Billingham, Wood, Dijkstra, ....and, those years ago, even Robert Frank.

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