The first definitive biography of Weegee the Famousphotographer, psychic, fiendfrom the author of Instant: The Story of Polaroid.Arthur Felligs ability to arrive at a crime scene just as the cops did was so uncanny that he renamed himself 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 caricaturemoving 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 filmmakingWeegee lived a life just as worthy of documentation as the scenes he captured. With Flash, we have an unprecedented and ultimately moving view of the man now regarded as an innovator and a pioneer, an artist as well as a newsman, whose photographs are among most powerful images of urban existence ever made....
|Title||:||Flash: The Making of Weegee the Famous|
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|Number of Pages||:||400 pages|
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Flash: The Making of Weegee the Famous Reviews
Flash is a well-written and thoughtful biographical work. Admittedly, prior to reading this book I was not familiar with Weegee the Famous.
As a writer who dabbles into research, I appreciated the vast reading and detail author Christopher Bonanos brought to this book. I can see it as an enjoyable read on its own or a reading choice for arts-based courses.
I read this in conjunction with "Weegee Serial Photographer" the graphic memoir by Max De Radigues and Wauter Mannaert and they were fantastic companion pieces.
This fascinating biography is a extremely detailed telling of the life and work of one of the best known 20th century American photographer. Not only did it document practically year by year Weegee's evolution from a child photographing other children on a horse on the lower east side to darkroom technician to credited national photograp ...more