is something that most people can relate to, and they
often have their own views on it. If you include amateurs,
millions of photos are taken every single day –
but this in itself does not bring a better understanding
What is it that gives a photo its eternal quality, while
most of them are for the eyes of the user alone, and
Success demands the keenest sensibilities of the photographer
– what is your focus of attention, what do you
actually see, and what is it you want to say?
What innate professionalism is called for to catch the
moment and produce the finished article? The photographer’s
ability to empathise with his subject – with what
is being communicated – is another indispensable
element: photos can be reinforcing, but they can also
be revealing in their perception of body language and
expressions. A successful photo is a combination of
rhythm and movement.
Given the expertise and the will, the photographer can
experience lifelong development. During the last year,
both Arnold Newman and the recently deceased Helmut
Newton had major exhibitions of their work produced
after the age of 80. Irving Penn – at the age
of 87 – had a portrait of Nicole Kidman on the
cover page of Vogue.
A good photo sees something and tells a story, but it
also tells a story about the photographer.
For many years Paul Bernhard has been untiring in his
quest to find his own, personal mode of expression,
motivated by a all-pervading desire to achieve improvement
at every level. From his very first years as an apprentice
it has been a pleasure to follow his enthusiasm and
compelling need to express himself. Despite his relative
youth, he has come far and has established a position
as one of the foremost portrait photographers in Norway.
It will be interesting to watch his further development.
Hans Jørgen Brun
European Master of Photography.
Fellow of British Institute of Professional Photographers.