2011’s top coffee-table books
Naked Hollywood: Weegee in Los Angeles
Photojournalist Arthur Fellig, known as Weegee, began his career in the 1930s taking black-and-white photos of crime scenes in New York with a bizarre film noir–esque flair. When he moved to Los Angeles in 1947, he began his second act, photographing celebrities and the fandemonium they sparked. With his eye for the unusual, he caught stars at unguarded moments, from unflattering angles, later distorting photos for a carnivalesque look at celebrity. Featuring about 200 photos currently on view at L.A.’s Museum of Contemprary Art, the book reprints Weegee’s 1953 Naked Hollywood and further explores Weegee’s career in Southern California with never-before-seen shots of Hollywood’s lurid, seductive underbelly.