Salford-born photojournalist Neil Libbert studied at Manchester’s Regional College of Art before opening his own studio in 1957 and embarking on a career in photojournalism. “I had a keen interest in watching and observing people, a witness to events,” he says. “It is still about the power of observation, and one is just a witness to events.”
“What I do is often on the border between being an intruder and an observer – it’s called clandestine photography. I’m not always proud of how I behave but sometimes it’s the only way.”
Does he know what makes for a good photograph? “I wish I knew,” he says. “It has something to do with the coming together of composition, light, subject matter, or as Cartier-Bresson said, it’s the ‘decisive moment.’ There are no rules.”
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