Fact checking Wikipedia – Darkroom vs. Office pt.1


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weegee
“He maintained a complete darkroom in the trunk of his car, to expedite getting his free-lance product to the newspapers.”

This is not exactly true.
It’s funny that this myth is perpetuated, since one of the most famous pictures of Weegee is him sitting at the trunk of his car and typing while holding a flashlight… Clearly visible are boxes of cigars and flash bulbs, and film holders, two Speed Graphic cameras, and a pair of boots, but no film processing equipment, no enlargers or trays of developer, stop bath, fix, etc…

On the less-accurate-than-Wikipedia Temple University photographer’s web page about Weegee there is the above image, with the caption: “Weegee used the trunk of his car as a darkroom.”

Perhaps more accurate would be: “Weegee used the trunk of his car as a closet…”
or maybe: “Weegee used the trunk of his car as an office…”
It’s slightly interesting that so many photos of him are uncredited, on page 21 of Weegee’s World the photographer is “Photographer unknown.”
My guess is Simon Nathan…

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