“NUDES BY WEEGEE
The guy with three eyes is known as Weegee, and he has built a considerable reputation as a photographer of the streets of New York – capturing, on film, the humor, foibles, and tragedy of a big city’s people. The best of these pictures were collected a few years back in a remarkable volume titled Naked City.
Recently Weegee packed up his photographic paraphernalia and took himself a trip to Hollywood. What he brought back was a quite a shock to those familiar with his more realistic camera style. The best of these have been collected in a book titled Naked Hollywood, with captions by Mel Harris, published by Pellegrini and Cudahy. As the samples on this page illustrate, Weegee found Hollywood a very naked place indeed, and just as out-of-this-world as we’d always heard it was.”
I guess the most important question is: did Weegee photograph Marilyn Monroe at a pool sometime between 1949 and 1954? And if so, where? Was it in the Bronx or Jones Beach? Did he use color film? Did he use just kaleidoscope and distortion lenses?
This website (My Marilyn) says the color photos of Marilyn Monroe were made in 1949 at Jones Beach.
At this moment, the earliest publication that we have found is from 1954…
(To Be Continued…)