PM, June 18, 1941 (pages 1, 6, 7, 14, 15, 18)


PM, June 17, 1941 (pages 1, 4, 8, 10, 11, 15, 19)

Nazi’s in New York, spying on New York harbor, “What the Mayor Did Yesterday,” “No Witch-Hunting…”… (photos by Morris Gordon, John DeBiase. Ray Platnick, etc…)

PM, August 27, 1941

PM, September 9, 1941, p. 18

Happy Weegee’s Birthday Day… (Weegee, born June 12, 1899…)

In the past: above, a pair highlights from 1941… (two and three months in the future…)
Below, if it was 1941 we could go to the theater… And see: Boris Karloff in “the maddest and funniest play you’ve ever seen” or Ethel Barrymore in “The Corn is Green” or Katherine Cornell in “The Doctor’s Dilemma” or Orson Welles’ production of Richard Wright’s “Native Son” or the 700th performance of “The Man Who Came for Dinner”…

(In the present: it’s kinda a golden age of Weegee publications. The last few years have seen a number of great books, including: “Murder is My Business” (2013), “Weegee Guide to NYC” (2015), “Weegee: Serial Photographer” (2016-17), “Extra! Weegee” (2017), “Artist as Reporter Weegee, Ad Reinhardt, and the PM News Picture” (2018), and most recently “Flash: The Making of Weegee the Famous” (2018)… And a video for National Geographic: “Weegee the Famous” (2016)… Onward…)

PM, June 12, 1941, p. 24

Flash: The Making of Weegee the Famous
by Christopher Bonanos

“The first comprehensive biography of Weegee—photographer, ‘psychic,’ ultimate New Yorker—from the author of Instant: The Story of Polaroid.”

An excerpt can be read here:

Released today, June 5, 2018…

A truly extraordinary, wonderful, and significant book… Like it says on the first and last pages: “This is Weegee”…

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Great review of a great book: Flash: The Making of Weegee the Famous, by Christopher Bonanos, 379 pages, Henry Holt & Company in the New York Times:

“A Portrait of Weegee That Captures the Man and the Myth in Full”
By Jennifer Szalai
May 30, 2018

A few excerpts:

“With “Flash: The Making of Weegee the Famous,” Christopher Bonanos has finally supplied us with the biography Weegee deserves: sympathetic and comprehensive, a scrupulous account with just the right touch of irreverence.”

“…The art criticism on offer in “Flash” is like the best of Weegee’s street photography: revealing and unpretentious.”

[across the street] [Market Place]

“…He had played the outsize role of Weegee the Famous so long he confessed he had a hard time knowing who he really was.
His biographer knows, though. “Flash” gives us Weegee in full, offering a measure of protection against the oblivion he feared the most.”