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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.)
Vampira Tumblr
Radio show

(To be continued…)

(Thank you Caroline.)

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ca. 1953
Music, Music
Conceivably the most powerful drug that can be bought without a prescription is jazz. Cast a pall of gloom over almost any group of people in the world, let Errol Garner or Benny Goodman loose and in the time it takes for one down, one up beat the group is drunk with joy…”

(to be continued…)