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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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Flash: The Making of Weegee the Famous Reviews

  • Lisabeth

    Thanks to Netgalley, the publisher. and the author for allowing me to read and review a digital copy of this book. 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.

  • 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
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  • Mark Lamster

    super fun and intelligent read on a hilariously brilliant man. like a giant tabloid story come to life.

  • Jason

    As a biography of Weegee's work, this book was fascinating, revealing the stories behind the photos, as well as interesting connections I didn't know (Kubrick), or had forgotten (Arbus). But the book jacket claims to provide a portrait of the man himself, and I found that portrait lacking. Whether it's the lack of detail about his relationship with his family throughout his life (his sister pops up for a sentence towards the end of the book, the only indication of a family relationship since the ...more

  • J.D. Dehart

    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.

    Highly recommended!