I remain convinced that if Steve Hiett’s foray into music fifty years ago had been a success, he wouldn’t have turned to photography. It’s fascinating to learn how certain photographers might easily have taken a different path: if Henri Cartier-Bresson had had the money to buy five cows, he would have married the village leader’s daughter and stayed in Africa; if Irving Penn and Guy Bourdin had enjoyed immediate success with their paintings, they wouldn’t have destroyed them and would have become painter. However, the only likeness we can really establish is between Bourdin and Hiett.
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