Flash : the making of Weegee the Famous

by Bonanos, Christopher,

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Arthur Fellig's ability to arrive at a crime scene just as the cops did was so uncanny that he became known as "Weegee," claiming that he functioned as a human Ouija board. Weegee documented better than any other photographer the crime, grit, and complex humanity of midcentury New York City. In Flash, we get a portrait not only of the man (both flawed and deeply talented, with generous appetites for publicity, women, and hot pastrami) but also of the fascinating time and place that he occupied.From self-taught immigrant kid to newshound to art-world darling to latter-day caricature--moving from the dangerous streets of New York City to the celebrity culture of Los Angeles and then to Europe for a quixotic late phase of experimental photography and filmmaking--Weegee lived a life just as vivid as the scenes he captured. Flash is an unprecedented and ultimately moving view of the man now regarded as an innovator and a pioneer, one whose photographs are among the most powerful images of urban existence ever made.
Out of the dark
The Famous.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Was Weegee, Arthur Fellig's professional moniker, a phonetic variation on Ouija in recognition of his seemingly psychic ability to anticipate crimes or disasters, the subjects that made him famous as one of the first and certainly most tenacious on-the-spot news photographers? Or was it a taunting variation on squeegee, a knock on this poor Jewish immigrant's humble start working in New York City newspaper darkrooms? This axis between high and low defines Weegee and his work, which ranges from masterfully composed, adeptly flash-illuminated images of the underside of city life, to goofily distorted images and crass girlie shots. The cut and strut of Bonanos' vivid prose captures the rough-and-tumble of mid-twentieth-century New York, while vital details gleaned from his extensive research enliven the portrait of the notoriously rumpled, monomaniacal, audacious, relentlessly self-promoting, and truly revolutionary photographer. Bonanos (Instant: The Story of Polaroid, 2012) offers intriguing insights into the scrappy ingenuity and artistic sixth sense that enabled Weegee to so indelibly document gangland murders, catastrophic fires, and car crashes with wit and compassion. My idea was to make the camera human, Weegee declared. As Bonanos tracks Weegee to Hollywood and back, and defines his key place in the history of photography, he makes the man behind the camera fully human in his moxie, foolishness, and dark incandescence.--Seaman, Donna Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "New York magazine senior editor Bonanos (Instant: The Story of Polaroid) constructs an energetic and informative biography of photographer Arthur Fellig (1899-1968), better known as Weegee, whose crime scene photos captured the grit and grime of New York City in the 1940s. The book traces Weegee's career from his early years as a "squeegee boy" at the New York Times, where his chief responsibility was drying prints, to his darkroom work at Acme Newspictures, where it is rumored that one of his colleagues gave him the name Weegee, and finally to his rise as the photographer of "crashes, crimes scenes, arrests, and fires." Bonanos details how Weegee created his fame using a combination of talent and relentless self-promotion (he was known to introduce himself as "the world's greatest living photographer"), but the book's most revealing sections are actually about the dramatic waning of his fame toward the end of his career, as he started to take gag pictures for curious business ventures, including a line of greeting cards and posters for dorm rooms. Bonano's revelatory portrait of "Weegee the Famous" will interest general readers, as well as those with a special interest in photojournalism. 65 b&w photos. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Weegee, -- 1899-1968.
Photojournalists -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher New York :Henry Holt and Company,2018
Edition First edition.
Other Titles Flash
Language English
Description xviii, 379 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 321-363) and index.
ISBN 9781627793063
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