Over a cup of tea with Polly Braden

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An informal Q & A

Which photographer or artist do you most admire?

Helen Levitt.

What artwork, where money is no object, would you like to hang on your wall?

'Betty' by Gerhard Richter.

What is the worst commission you have ever had?

To photograph navels.

What is the best commission you have ever had?

To photograph Huaxi, the richest village in China.

Which famous artists, living or dead, would you invite to a dinner party?

Walker Evans.

When are you at your happiest?

In snow with my children.

What is your most treasured possession?

A first edition of "New York" by the photographer William Klein.

What book are you reading at the moment?

Doris Lessing's "Love Again".

What made you laugh recently"

My arms.

What really winds you up?

A key inserted in the base of my spine and turned clockwise.

What would your dream project be?

Being able to photograph things without a camera.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

Chance encounters with things and people.

What music would you like played at your funeral?

'Softly as I Leave You', sung by a Welsh male voice choir.

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