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WEEGEE
[1899 – 1968] (real name: Arthur H. Fellig) American independent photographer
I’m no part time dilettante photographer, unlike the bartenders, shoe salesmen, floorwalkers plumbers, barbers, grocery clerks and chiropractors whose great hobby is their camera. All their friends rave about what wonderful pictures they take. If they’re so good, why don’t they take pictures full—time, for a living, and make floor walking, chiropractics, etc., their hobby? But everyone wants to play it safe. They’re afraid to give up their pay checks and their security they might miss a meal. - Weegee

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. - Weegee

My name is Weegee. I’m the world’s greatest photographer... - Weegee - "Weegee’s New York", Harvey V. Fondiller, The Best of Popular Photography by Harvey V. Fondiller , ISBN: 0871650371 , Page: 146
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News photography teaches you to think fast. - Weegee

Weegee often said that he was, "A natural-born photographer, with hypo in my blood." - Weegee

I am a perfectionist. When I take a picture...it's gotta be good - Weegee

What I did, anybody can do. - Weegee

If I had a picture of two handcuffed criminals being booked, I would cut the picture in half and get five bucks for each. - Weegee , Photojournalism, The Professionals' Approach by Kenneth Kobre, Betsy Brill (Editor) , ISBN: 0240804155 , Page: 332
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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. - Weegee

Many photographers live in a dream world of beautiful backgrounds. It wouldn’t hurt them to get a taste of reality to wake them up. Anyone who looks for life can find it… and they don’t need to photograph ashcans. The average camera fan reminds me of Pollyanna, with a lollypop in one hand and a camera in the other. You can’t be a Nice Nelly and take news pictures.

So, keep your eyes open. If you see anything, take it. Remember – you’re as good as your last picture. One day you’re hero, the next day you’re a bum... - Weegee - in "Weegee’s New York" by Harvey V. Fondiller., The Best of Popular Photography by Harvey V. Fondiller , ISBN: 0871650371 , Page: 150

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To me, pictures are like blintzes – ya gotta get ‘em while they’re hot. - Weegee - "Weegee’s New York" by Harvey V. Fondiller., The Best of Popular Photography by Harvey V. Fondiller , ISBN: 0871650371 , Page: 146
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I have no chips on my shoulder. I like to be constructive. As I have said, I have inspired many persons to take up photography. As a matter of fact, I inspire myself. (When I take a good picture I give myself a bonus.). - Weegee - [cited in: Creative Camera March 1972, p. 508] , Weegee: An Autobiography by Weegee , ISBN: B000SZPWKA
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A good assignment to me is a good picture and a date. When I leave town I put a tablet in front of the girl’s house (as with George Washington): Weegee slept here. - Weegee - from “Weegee”, an autobiography, Ziff Davis, 1961 [cited in: Creative Camera March 1972, p. 508] , Weegee: An Autobiography by Weegee , ISBN: B000SZPWKA
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Many photographers live in a dream world of beautiful backgrounds. It wouldn’t hurt them to get a taste of reality to wake them up. - Weegee , 1000 Photo Icons by Anthony Bannon (Foreword), George Eastman House , ISBN: 3822820970 , Page: 618
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People are so wonderful that a photographer has only to wait 4 that breathless moment 2 capture what he wants on film. - Weegee

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