Lee Miller
[Photographer and model, b. 1907, Poughkeepsie, New York, d. 1976, Sussex, England.]

 [Being a great photojournalist is] a matter of getting out on a damn limb and sawing it off behind you. 
 I took some pictures of the place [Hitler’s residence] and I also got a good night’s sleep in Hitler’s bed. I even washed the dirt of Dachau in his tub. 
 I would rather take a photograph than be one. 
 It seems to me that women have a bigger chance at success in photography than men… Women are quicker and more adaptable than men. And I think they have an intuition that helps them understand personalities more quickly than men. 
 The personality of the photographer, his approach, is really more important than his technical genius. 
 Nearly all the photographs I ever took have disappeared—lost in New York!—thrown away by the Germans—in Paris—bombed and burned in the London blitz—and now I find Condé Nast has just casually scrapped everything I did for them, including war pictures. (1976) 
 I’m no good with my hands, though I am good with a screwdriver—taking a camera apart. But sewing on a button? I could scream. 
 There were lots of things, touching, poignant or queer I wanted to photograph... 
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