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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

Spontaneous Human Combustion

Posted in Death, Photography, Science with tags , , , , on December 16, 2011 by elgrayso

Spontaneous human combustion (SHC) describes reported cases of the burning of a living human body without an apparent external source of ignition. There have been about 200 cited cases worldwide over a period of around 300 years. [from Wikipedia]

Ralph Eugene Meatyard

Posted in Art, Photography with tags , , , , , , on September 20, 2011 by elgrayso

 

 

 

 

Les Diableries

Posted in Art, Photography, Satan with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 26, 2011 by elgrayso

Diableries were French stereo photographs (two images viewed at once to create a 3d effect) made during the 19th century. They depicted Satan in daily life, historically noted as a critique on the rule of Napoleon III. Due to their unsavory depiction of the elite, the creators did not provide many clues as to who they were.

For more information, please visit That’s A Negative and Laughing Bone, for this is where I have obtained most of the information and images.

Joel-Peter Witkin

Posted in Art, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , on June 1, 2011 by elgrayso

Joel-Peter Witkin is an American photographer who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His work often deals with such themes as death, corpses (and sometimes dismembered portions thereof), and various outsiders such as dwarfs, transsexuals, hermaphrodites, and physically deformed people. Witkin’s complex tableaux often recall religious episodes or famous classical paintings. [from Wikipedia]

Anna Akhmatova, 1998

Le Baisier, 1982

Interrupted Reading, 1999

Eggs of My Amnesia, 1996

Cupid and Centaur, 1992

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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