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One ‘‘Americans’’ photograph came from a dimly lit New Mexico gutbucket: ‘‘It was a tough bar. You had to shoot from your hip.’’ In Elko, Nev., Frank photographed the play at a gaming table: ‘‘It’s very seldom you get a picture of people gambling. The management and the gamblers don’t want you to take pictures because they have wives. Or mothers! Or grandmothers! Or daughters!’ ’ At political gatherings, where credentials were required for admission, Frank was not above filching some from a stranger’s jacket. (The Man Who Saw America - by Nicholas Dawidoff)
What does the second part of this sentence mean? Does it mean he couldn't take photos even if he tried hard? I know the meaning of the words, but meaning of the sentence itself is not clear.
If necessary, Frank would simply steal the credentials for admission from somebody's jacket if he couldn't get his own credentials.
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