Margaret Bourke-White
[Photographer, b. 1904, New York, d. 1971, Darien, Connecticut.]

 Usually I object when someone makes overmuch of men’s work versus women’s work, for I think it is the excellence of the results which counts. 
 If anybody gets in my way when I'm making a picture, I become irrational. I’m never sure what I’m going to do, or sometimes even aware of what I do—only that I want that picture. 
 Saturate yourself with your subject and the camera will all but take you by the hand. 
 In this experience of mine, there was one continuing marvel: the precision timing running through it all... by some special graciousness of fate I am deposited—as all good photographers like to be—in the right place at the right time. 
 Photography is a very subtle thing. You must let the camera take you by the hand, as it were, and lead you into your subject. 
 It seems to me that while it is very important to get a striking picture of a line of smoke stacks or a row of dynamos, it is becoming more and more important to reflect that life that goes on behind these photographs. (1935) 
 The sights I have just seen [at Buchenwald] are so unbelievable that I don’t think I’ll believe them myself until I’ve seen the photographs... 
 Of course, I am at the very core a photographer. It is my trade—and my deep joy. 
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