The Making of Weegee the Famous
Author(s): Christopher Bonanos
Original Publish Date: Jun 05, 2018
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (12.68 hours)
Product Number: Z100133414
Released: Jun 05, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781250307910
Narrator/s: Graham Halstead
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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The first definitive biography of Weegee the Famous-photographer, psychic, fiend-from Christoper Bonanos, author of Instant: The Story of Polaroid. Arthur Fellig's 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 caricature-moving 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 filmmaking-Weegee 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.

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Author(s): Christopher Bonanos
Product Number EB00711757
Released: Jun 05, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
ISBN: #9781627793070

Professional reviews

"The life and legend of artistic news photographer Arthur Fellig, a.k.a. Weegee, is explored in this biography full of episodic anecdotes. Narrator Graham Halstead's conversational tone gives the impression he's flipping through an album of Weegee's life's work--from crime beat to Hollywood--revealing all the lurid details. He employs some accents and character voices to alert the listener to quotations; though it's hard to know their accuracy they do lend New York City ambiance to a story that spans the first 60 years of the twentieth century. While the text veers into a lot of detailed history on the development of photography and print media in New York City, the charismatic Weegee takes the listener on a thrill ride. S.T.C. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"

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