Weegee (Usher Fellig)
[Photographer, b. 1899, Zlothew near Lemberg, Austrian Galicia (now Zolochiv, Ukraine), d. 1968, New York.]
The same camera that photographs a murder scene can photograph a beautiful society affair at a big hotel.
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.
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)
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.
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.
If I had a picture of two handcuffed criminals being booked, I would cut the picture in half and get five bucks for each.
I have no inhibitions, and neither has my camera.
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.