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Weegee's People
     

Weegee's People

by Arthur Felig Weegee, Weegee, Arthur F. Weegee
 

Arthur Fellig (1899-1968), better known as Weegee, was an Austrian immigrant who worked as a freelance news photographer in New York City. Beginning his career on the police beat where he specialized in crime and catastrophe, Weegee roamed the city during the 1930s and '40s in search of the Page One photo: the image that would stop you at the newsstand.He

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Arthur Fellig (1899-1968), better known as Weegee, was an Austrian immigrant who worked as a freelance news photographer in New York City. Beginning his career on the police beat where he specialized in crime and catastrophe, Weegee roamed the city during the 1930s and '40s in search of the Page One photo: the image that would stop you at the newsstand.He was among the first to fully realize the camera's unique power to capture split-second drama and exaggerated emotion. But his profound influence on other photographers, most famously on Diane Arbus, derives not only from his sensational subject matter and his use of the blinding, close-up flash, but also from his eagerness to photograph the city at all hours, at all levels: coffee shops at three in the morning, hot summer evenings in the tenements, debutante balls, parties in the street, lovers on park benches, the destitute and the lonely. No other photographer has better revealed the non-stop spectacle of life in New York City.Weegee's first book, Naked City (1945), was a runaway success and made him a celebrity who suddenly had assignments from Life and Vogue. By the publication of his second book, Weegee's People (1946, he had cut the wires to his police radio and had begun to photograph the furred and bejeweled grandes dames at the Metropolitan Opera as well as his beloved street people. Naked Hollywood (1953) and Weegee by Weegee (1961) feature portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol, John F. Kennedy, Nikita Khruschev, and Liberace—many of them viewed through the distorted lens of his Weegee-scope.Regarded as some of the most powerful images of 20th-century photography, Weegee's work now resides in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306802423
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
03/21/1985
Series:
Quality Paperbacks Series
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.03(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.71(d)

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