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Weegee's World [Paperback]

Miles Barth , Weegee
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4 May 2000
Weegee was the archetypal hard-boiled tabloid photographer who, from the 1930s to 60s, brought images of the seamy underbelly of New York to the public. This retrospective volume showcases his work.

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown & Company; New edition edition (4 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821226495
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821226490
  • Product Dimensions: 27.5 x 21.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,264,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Miles Barth is a freelance journalist, specialising in arts.

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5.0 out of 5 stars It's not only the light! 14 Dec 2003
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I came to this book through the film (The public eye), based on Weegee's life. This book is a good review of his work, his life, his mentality. But of course, the best are his photographs: black and white, strong light, deep shadows...But it's not only the light. It's the people, the gansters, the police, the poor tenants, the happy holiday goers...Weegee loves them, respects them, and makes a work of art of their miserable, anonimous lives. Much like the baroque 16th century painters, he takes advantage of light, of common situations to make our heart move with tenderness, with pity and our eyes with wonder. If you love cinema, painting, detective novels, and above all if you love human kind this is your book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Pictures Combined with Words 9 Jun 2000
By Gayle Alstrom - Published on
This wonderful book not only includes all of Weegee's (Arthur Fellig) greatest photos, but includes three in-dept essays on his work by Miles Barth, Alain Bergala and Ellen Handy. Weegee raised the craft of photojournalism to the level of art by his talent to show the essence of any situtation without any discrimination between social classes. Besides his pictures expressing the entire human condition, they also story-tell New York City circa mid-century. This is a book that is essential for anyone who wants a comprehensive photographic library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than just tabloid photos... 24 July 2002
By Noah Spurrier - Published on
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Weegee is best known for his photos of "rubouts, suicides and
accident victims", but I think those photos are his
least interesting. He has a talent for capturing ordinary
life as well. His photos are warm and real. Often times I
find old photos make the subjects appear remote and distant
in time, but Weegee's photos break through that barrier.
You don't feel like you are looking at old pictures.
His photos transcend nostalgia.
5.0 out of 5 stars Profound photography 7 Nov 2011
By rye - Published on
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The photos are quite profound - and erie... It's a glimpse into the public and private lives of people you don't know, yet intrigue you. It's kind of mezmerizing. I found myself intrigued by a photo, then I'd flip to the description in the back of the book, and then back-again to the photo with a more learned eye. The nighttime lighting reflects the harshness of what's happening...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Weegee's World coffee table paperback 30 Dec 2012
By Matthew Wood Peerce - Published on
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Interesting book. Weegee was an artist, who captured life on the NYC streets. The photography is excellent, considering the difficulty of staging his subject matter. Worth buying.
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