“The problem with snapshots is that they are often exactly not what they purport to be – natural, casual, spontaneous. The subject freezes or puts on a silly grin. They decide they are too fat, or that they should change their clothes, or they try to look impressive. Valid portraits take preparation and experience. They require an ability to relate to the subject, to make them feel comfortable. Technique has to be more than skilled; it needs to be flawless, smooth, and unobtrusive – like the superb waiter who works fast but never seems to hurry.”

George Barr


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