Weegee (Usher Fellig)
[Photographer, b. 1899, Zlothew near Lemberg, Austrian Galicia (now Zolochiv, Ukraine), d. 1968, New York.]

 I had so many unsold murder pictures lying around my room... I felt as if I were renting out a wing of the City Morgue. 
 There are photographic fanatics, just as there are religious fanatics. They buy a so-called candid camera... there is no such thing: it’s the photographer who has to be candid, not the camera. 
 The same camera that photographs a murder scene can photograph a beautiful society affair at a big hotel. 
 If I had a picture of two handcuffed criminals being booked, I would cut the picture in half and get five bucks for each. 
 It’s been a strange [summer].... I was sent by a magazine to photograph famous photographers.... Of course, I included myself. (To Peter Sellers on the set of Dr. Strangelove, 1963) 
 Sure. I’d like to live regular. Go home to a goodlooking wife, a hot dinner, and a husky kid. But I guess I got film in my blood. I love this racket. It’s exciting. It’s dangerous. It’s funny. It’s tough. It’s heartbreaking. 
 When you find yourself beginning to feel a bond between yourself and the people you photograph, when you laugh and cry with their laughter and tears, you will know you are on the right track. 
 Forget if it has been done before. Be yourself. 
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