Lejaren A. Hiller Sr.
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Lejaren A. Hiller Sr.(1880 - 1969) was a remarkable photographer known particularly for theatrically staged tableaus. Lejaren A. Hiller Sr. was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and studied photography in various locations before embarking on his long photographic career. Often Lejaren would spend all of his effort arranging the set and actors in his tableau, with an assistant actually making the final negative. Thusly, Lejaren is often construed as more of a "director" than "photographer."

Lejaren A. Hiller Sr. is often remembered for his famous quote about photographic technique:

 
If a man wants to strangle his wife and throw her in the kitchen sink, let him do it any way he wants to. If he's doing it awkwardly, or not the way I'd do it, all right -- it's a good job so long as he gets her into the sink, completely strangled.
 
Do not confuse Lejaren A. Hiller Sr., the photographer, with his son, Lejaren A. Hiller Jr., the composer.
 
An atypical portrait by Lejaren A. Hiller Sr.
A typical tableau scene by Lejaren A. Hiller Sr.
 
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