Weegee and Naked city / Anthony W. Lee, Richard Meyer

Author(s): Lee, Anthony W., 1960-
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Subjects: Photojournalism--New York (State)--New York
New York (N.Y.)--Social conditions--20th century
Weegee, 1899-1968--Criticism and interpretation
Weegee, 1899-1968--Critique et interprétation
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Published: Berkeley : University of California Press, c2008
Series: Defining moments in American photography v. 3
Defining moments in American photography v. 3
LC Classification: T, TR
Physical Description: 132 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Added Titles: Weegee, 1899-1968 Naked city
Additional Authors: Meyer, Richard
Notes: LCCN: 2007033314
ISBN: 9780520251830 (cloth : alk. paper)
ISBN: 0520251830 (cloth : alk. paper)
ISBN: 9780520255906 (pbk. : alk. paper)
ISBN: 0520255909 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Includes bibliographical references (p. 121-126) and index
Contents: Introduction --- Learning from Low Culture / Richard Meyer --- Human Interest Stories / Anthony W. Lee
Summary: "Arthur Fellig, better known as Weegee, and his 1945 photography book, Naked City - with its lurid tabloid-style images of Manhattan crime, crowds, and boisterous nightlife - changed prevailing journalistic practices almost overnight. In this volume, two art historians, Anthony W. Lee and Richard Meyer, bring markedly different outlooks on photography and modernism to their discussions of Weegee and his book. Meyer looks carefully at Weegee's pictures before and after they were collected and assesses how his practice of tabloid photography was inseparable from his own lowbrow appeal. Lee paints the vivid details of a leftist journalism world in 1930s and 1940s New York and shows how this world helped shape the photographer's vision. These essays restore the Naked City photographs to the mass circulation newspapers and magazines for which they were intended, and they trace the strange process by which the most famous of these pictures - suffused with blood, gore, and sensational crime - entered the museum." -- Publisher's description
OCLC Number: 165478458
ISBN/ISSN: 9780520251830