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.
Click the Download button to download a copy of the MARC file.
Enter your FTP details below to send the MARC export file via FTP.
by Christopher Andersen
by Marcus Galloway, Ralph Compton
by Rob Harrell
by Dave Eggers
by Erich Maria Remarque
by Aaron Starmer
by Kathryn Erskine
by Quinn Sosna-Spear
by Robin Roe
by Eleanor Herman
"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"
Sign up for our email newsletter