I thought these quotes from him were interesting, talking about elements in a photograph that make it 'work' - interesting also in relation to discussion about photographer's intention:


Leaving out of question the deliberately posed or arranged photograph, it is usually some incidental detail that heightens the effect of a picture - stressing a pattern, deepening the sense of atmosphere. The photographer must be able to recognize instantly such effects..........

Photography is still a very new medium and everything must be tried and dared... photography has no rules. It is not a sport. It is the result which counts, no matter how it is achieved........

Sometimes they are a matter of luck; the photographer could not expect or hope for them. Sometimes they are a matter of patience, waiting for an effect to be repeated that he has seen and lost or for one that he anticipates......

They are often momentary, chance-sent things: a gleam of light on water, a trail of smoke from a passing train, a cat crossing a threshold, the shadows cast by a setting sun....
Bill Brandt