Weegee’s Always in Fashion…





A few small screen grabs from Vogue Daily blog…

File this under exhibitions and fashion…

The Fashionable Side of Weegee
by LYNN YAEGER
JANUARY 12, 2012

Weegee, the renowned photojournalist and chronicler of gritty street- and nightlife, acquired his pseudonym (he was born Usher Fellig) as a result of the supernatural prescience he seemed to employ ferreting out newsworthy events, Ouija-board-like, before they even happened.

From the late 1920s until his death in 1968, he photographed everyone from flophouse denizens to opera lovers, crime victims and their perpetrators. Now, more than 125 of his prints are on exhibit at Steven Kasher Gallery in New York, arranged under such rubrics as “Song and Dance,” “Spectacle,” and “Crime and Disaster.”

There is no section specifically for fashion, but that doesn’t mean that these wonderful pictures don’t offer, if often unwittingly, an accidental record of the styles sported by the impecunious artists and glamour girls, renegades and bohemians, that were his frequent subjects. Sometimes this information, always rich, is inadvertent and incidental; other times the subjects have quite consciously adopted ensembles that capture and further their unique characters and personalities.

Here, Vogue.com’s brief tour of Weegee’s works, with an eye to their stylish implications, in the slideshow above.

“Weegee: Naked City” opens today at Steven Kasher Gallery and is on view through February 25; 521 West Twenty-third Street, NYC…

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