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Weegee the Photographer

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , , , on March 7, 2013 by elgrayso

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Weegee was the pseudonym of Arthur Fellig (June 12, 1899 – December 26, 1968), a photographer and photojournalist, known for his stark black and white street photography. Weegee worked in the Lower East Side of New York City as a press photographer during the 1930s and ’40s, and he developed his signature style by following the city’s emergency services and documenting their activity.[1]Much of his work depicted unflinchingly realistic scenes of urban life, crime, injury and death. Weegee published photographic books and also worked in cinema, initially making his own short films and later collaborating with film directors such as Jack Donohue andStanley Kubrick. [from Wikipedia] weegee-aka-arthur-fellig-ca-1952-naked-hollywood-bookweegee-recto140a3dba4d-28e1-4743-95d0-8d1a01ba599cWEEGEE_1938_Children_on_Fire_Escapetumblr_m5j2fxvHTK1r146zvo1_12808weegee_2070_19939_weegee_133_1982_custom-c1b5ee3b348e309c8996d24e4fdf0e0f37e1b95e-s6-c10Screen Shot 2013-03-06 at 5.53.25 PM

Diane Arbus

Posted in Art, Photography with tags , , , , , , , on March 8, 2011 by elgrayso

Diane Arbus (March 14, 1923 – July 26, 1971) was an American photographer and writer noted for black-and-white square photographs of “deviant and marginal people (dwarfs, giants, transvestites, nudists, circus performers) or of people whose normality seems ugly or surreal.”A friend said that Arbus said that she was “afraid… that she would be known simply as ‘the photographer of freaks'”; however, that phrase has been used repeatedly to describe her.

In 1972, a year after she committed suicide, Arbus became the first American photographer to have photographs displayed at the Venice Biennale.Millions of people viewed traveling exhibitions of her work in 1972-1979. From Wikipedia.

All the images shown are from the book Untitled simply because that is the one book of hers I own. I believe they are some of the last she captured before she took her own life. The book was compiled after her death.

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