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Flash: The Making of Weegee the Famous

The first comprehensive biography of Weegeephotographer, psychic, ultimate New Yorkerfrom Christopher Bonanos, 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 F...

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ISBN : 36764506
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Number of Pages : 385 pages
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Flash: The Making of Weegee the Famous Reviews

  • Adele S.

    My star rating’s pretty uncertain on this one, so I’m thinking about changing it.

    Biographies aren’t usually my thing. I prefer my nonfiction in the form of essay collections or autobiographies because to me, they better connect with the material because they’ve experienced it firsthand.

    But I couldn’t pass up the idea of Weegee, the nighttime press photographer who took inspired photos of my favorite city.

    His story was fascinating, wacky, and weird; it’s an amazing look into NYC life from the
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  • Mark Lamster

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

  • Leigh

    In my alternate universe life, I'm a photojournalist--so it's not surprising that I loved this book. Bonanos tells Weegee's story with an appreciation for the strength of the work and bemusement mixed with occasional dismay (deserved) at the man himself. A great chronicle of the best of the early street photographers.

  • Elisabeth

    It was surprising to see so few photographs in a biography of a photographer, but the descriptions of the ones that weren't pictured were very vivid. Being familiar with Weegee's work, I could imagine them easily. You should absolutely look at the archives here while you're reading this: https://www.icp.org/browse/archive/co...

  • 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

  • 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