Excerpt from ‘Nabelichting’, Chapter 2, The Bullshit Business
“This business is called the bullshit business.” Stanley said, while going through my portfolio. “That’s rule number one. And rule number two is: You got to be tough. Nobody made it by being nice.” He went back a couple of pages. “I think you should open with this one.” He carefully removed the picture and put it on the first page.
Outside in the street, after we’d left the studio, he said: “Let’s keep in touch and before I forget, rule number three: When you go on a trip, don’t fuck the models, fuck the editors, they’ve got the bread.” He shook my hand, went down the subway stairs and disappeared slowly into the crowd.