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Weegee’s Weirdies, 1958, pp. 16-17
“Photographer Weegee, the man with that crazy, mixed-up camera, asked us to let him do a set of pictures about himself and his models for this issue. Knowing his taste for the unusual, we hoped his models would be likewise – and we weren’t wrong. And here it is! A set of pictures by Weegee at his wildest.”

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WEEGEE, Four Polaroid Experiments, Photography Annual, 1959
“I like to experiment. The Polaroid camera was the last challenge and this is the best camera to experiment with. When I get an idear (sic), before it skips my mind, I have it on paper… with out the fuss and bother of darkroom chemicals, etc.”

In addition to four amazing Weegee Polaroid photos this edition of Photography Annual contains the “First publication: W. Eugene Smith’s monumental Pittsburgh story.”

(Things, like magazines, you find when cleaning up and moving…)

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Life, November 17, 1939

(Interestingly Weegee had another and almost unknown photo published in Life on November 17, 1939. This photo illustrated an article about the Chief Medical Examiner of NYC, and the article can be seen here…)

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1952

“PEOPLE IN PHOTOGRAPHY
WEEGEE AT WORK
THE PHOTOGRAPHING MAESTRO HIMSELF (OR SELVES) AND MODEL
The man who achieved fame by photographing the stark realism of New York City’s seamy night life, has now gone as far astray from reality as a cameraman can get. Weegee (real name Asher Fellig, nickname because he’s always insisted he’s as psychic as a ouija board) is now devoting all his time to his new invention. He calls it a “subconscious” or “elastic” lens. Top secret, specially ground, and vest-pocket size, it distorts reality in any direction Weegee happens to like at the moment…”

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Weegee, Naked Hollywood, “Stunt girl”

The official Vampira website: Vampira’s Attic

We read (on boing boing) that there is a new book about Vampira by W. Scott Poole. (We haven’t read it yet.)

A few links:
Very good article.
Publisher’s website.
Peter Gowland website with photo of Vampira and Weegee: “famous news photographer Weegee with actress Vampira (Maila Nurmi) 1952.” (Perhaps that photo was made a little earlier.)
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Radio show

(To be continued…)

(Thank you Caroline.)