Weegee (Photofile) Paperback – 1 Mar 1990
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'When Weegee started out he was considered a tabloid photographer, someone out there taking lurid, disgusting shots that were not for ‘nice’ people. And now today he is considered an artist, or at least an art photographer. But more importantly he recorded the times, the scene, the New York City he saw around him, the five boroughs. He captured not just death and disaster – concepts which would later entrance everyone from Andy Warhol to Damien Hirst – but people, places, buildings, that otherwise would indeed have vanished for ever.' (Tana Jamowitz, author of The Slaves of New York, Independent)
'Presented beautifully.'(British Journal of Photography)
'[A] bawdy collection packed with murderers and corpses, overweight cabaret stars too gaudily made-up, and tatooed joes lolling on the beach. Weegee's pictures have an urgency that far outlives the tabloids in which they first appeared.' (Daily Telegraph)
'A great introduction to the Weegee world.' (Guardian) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
The late Andre Laude was a renowned writer, surrealist and poet.
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In the mid-forties after he went to Hollywood and basically stopped taking the gritty news photos he's famous for I thought his creativity declined, especially in the early fifties when Weegee played about with photo distortions (fortunately only one of these images is in the book) which seem not much more than an art student playing about.
Author Kerry Purcell writes a short introduction and the photos follow, one to a page with good captions and if you warm to these images check out 'Weegee's New York' (ISBN 3823854712) a sumptuous large size 335 page paperback. The definitive biography is by Miles Barth, 'Weegee's World' (ISBN 0821226495) again a beautifully produced book with more than 250 photos and three essays. These three books are a celebration of a great news photographer who knew what his readers wanted to see.
And he learned to photograph it. Perhaps there was no pretence at art here. He began as a lower form of life than today's paparazzi - producing pictures for the tabloid press, sensational images which would earn him a buck or two. It meant working all hours, being awake and alert day and night to capture the scene, actively scouring the streets for signs of something an editor would publish.
And they called him Weegee after the board because he had a psychic ability to be there almost before the story happened, to capture the image fresh, at flash bulb speed. He captured life, he captured death, he captured poverty and emotion, privation, struggle, and resilience.
And now, a half century on from his heyday, the sensational images have attained a new dimension, a social documentary, a chronicle of life in New York ... real life, as it was lived in the streets and bars and workplaces.
This is a fascinating, evocative, sometimes disturbing, sometimes amusing, but always spontaneous collection of photos. Given his trade, there is a remarkable honesty about these black and whites, a sense that Weegee is capturing reality. There are no posed models ... but there are plenty of posed questions - you look at many of these pictures and wonder, what happened next?Read more ›
Weegee, almost vampirically, started to work mainly as the sun went down, scanning the police channels on the radio and following ambulances. So here is a sample of his wares. Not for the squeamish!!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very odd set of photos, fascinating look at early new york.Published on 2 July 2014 by Ms. C. Topliss
An interesting book, but I have to say smaller than I was expecting
It does cover a lot of his "ambulance chasing" years of photography, but a very good collection of... Read more