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Flash: The Making of Weegee the Famous

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 unprec...

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ISBN : 36764506
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Number of Pages : 400 pages
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  • Mike

    Terrifically researched, well-written, vivid portrayal of Weegee, warts and all.

    Many laughs.


    2014's Nightcrawler was inspired by him.

    69...tear sheets covered his walls

    75... more material could be mined from the faces of the onlookers. (watching the watchers)

    90...Posed, inadvertently? ... journalistic malpractice ... How often does that happen in documentaries?

    95... Custom baggy suits, famous for not touching his body.

    100...75 cent investment in a rub

  • Don Gorman

    (1 1/2). Sometimes it is a fine line between a one and two star book. This is one of those occasions. The writing in this book is fairly methodical, kind of a journal of events with some facts and situations embellished to make it more readable. The subject of the book, however, is very interesting. An early photojournalist sort who takes on a character of his own. "Weegee" is quite the guy and his struggle to survive in the start of his career makes for the most intriguing part (to me) of this ...more

  • Kristine

    Flash: The Making of Weegee the Famous by Christopher Bonanos is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early June.

    Usher/Arthur Fellig aka Weegee, a name that represents a kind of male Sasha Fierce persona who is the greatest photographer and can hold a conversation with anyone. That persona in itself created a caricature for those later involved his chosen career and the burgeoning fame of press photographers.  His early free-lance photos depict truth in a primitive, no-filter way (showing react

  • John

    As someone who loves film noir, hard boiled detective and crime fiction, and midcentury jazz, it's no surprise I love Weegee's photography, and have for years. I never new a lot about Weegee (born Usher Felig, Americanized to Arthur Fellig) until now -- and I have to say, what I've learned is pretty disappointing. Weegee was, without question, a classic American type -- a hustler, a dreamer, possessed of serious talent and great instincts. He was also creepy, lecherous, and self-deluded, and it' ...more