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MoMA, “From the Picture Press,” 1973 (with arrows pointing to the Weegee photos)

Installation views from moma.org.

“From the Picture Press” January 30-April 29, 1973, at MoMA.

“‘From the Picture Press’ an exhibition of over 225 photographs selected from newspaper files of the past five decades.” (Press release, January, 1973)

Divided into seven sections: “ceremonies, winners, losers, good news, alarums [alarms] and conundrums, confrontations and disasters.”

The previous (November 7, 1972 – January 21, 1973) photo exhibition was of course: “Diane Arbus.”
For more info (installation views, checklist, three press releases, or two and one wall label) on Arbus exhibition: moma.org

For more info on “From the Picture Press”: moma.org

(To be continued…)

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Art in Progress: 15th Anniversary Exhibitions: Photography
May 24–September 17, 1944
At MoMA, in NYC.

“FELLIG, Arthur (Weegee). American, born Austria 1900.
Brooklyn School Children See Gambler Murdered in Street. (225.42)
Oct. 8, 1941. Given anonymously.
*Tenement Fire, Brooklyn. Dec.14,1939. ILL. p.158. (96.43)
My Man, N.Y.C. 1941. (95.43)
Woman Shot from Can[n]on, N.Y.C. 1943. (696.43)
Above 3 prints Purchase Fund.
Opening Night at the Opera, N.Y.C.1944. Given anonymously.

All info and images from moma.org

Two years in a row: 1943, 1944 at MoMA, in NYC…

Filed under Exhibitions in our electronic filing cabinet:

New York Review of Books:

Raunchy, Raucous Coney Island
By J. Hoberman

…Its subject is the mental construct “Coney Island”—an illusion filtered through such earthy sensibilities as the tabloid photographer Weegee, the American scene painter Reginald Marsh, or the anonymous artisans who created the banners and signage for Coney’s attractions.

Coney Island peaked as a people’s playground during World War II and began its slow decline when the largest of the amusement areas, Luna Park, burned to the ground in the summer of 1944. Although Weegee’s stunning news photo of the ruins, showing two forlorn painted hearts above a lone fireman in a sea of wreckage, gets smaller play than it might, the image of absolute devastation haunts the exhibition’s final section…

Weegee and Morris Engel, his sometime colleague at the leftwing tabloid PM, are the show’s best-represented photographers…

… and the photos Weegee took of the World War II–era Coney Island crowd from a vantage point on the Steeplechase Pier…

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Weegee, ca. 1943
Screen shots from Guardian website

“Stolen kisses and naughty naps: Weegee goes to the movies – in pictures”
“He may be known as the best ambulance-chaser of the 30s and 40s, but Weegee didn’t only shoot crime scenes. He also drifted into the darkness and candidly captured cinema-goers in New York: gangs of giggling kids, sombre popcorn eaters and lovers in the back row.
See a selection at Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas in New York until 13 June, 2015”
From Guardian website

Great exhibition of some of Weegee’s photos (modern digital prints) made in movie theaters in the early 1940s.

“Saturday afternoon show for the youngsters at Loews Commodore Theater on Second Avenue… [105 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10003… Fillmore East, etc. according to Cinema Treasures)… Some of the kids brought their lunch… lolly pops… and one fellow even brought a toy pistol… I took pictures in the dark with infra-red rays so that I wouldn’t disturb anyone…”
Weegee’s People, chapter 6.

Semi-secret and esoteric exhibition in NYC, on 23d St., near the Chelsea Hotel…

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Location of exhibition, 23d St.

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Google Street View of 105 Second Ave., NYC

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New Yorker, Oct. 27, 2014
“Weegee steals it with a mysterious, nearly impenetrably inky picture of men warming their hands at a fire in an oil drum…”
Fellig the Zelig is the highlight of an experimental, abstract photography exhibition…
(Keith De Lellis Gallery, “Experiments in Abstraction,” Sept 18 – Nov 8, 2014)

Le Monde.fr
April 11, 2014

(Great Google translation)

“The eye scoundrel Weegee”

“It is always a pleasure to find Weegee, the night owl who photographed crimes and settling of accounts, suicides and bastons in New York of the 1930s and 1940s. His keen eye did fly, as its black humor : letters and signs in the city manage to drag in the image blink of an eye the macabre corpse that just to cool .
Gallery Blue sky in Lyon , favored in the collection of Michel and Michèle Auer, images that show Weegee, paparazzi and see , was also a portraitist – especially with an amazing series of photos prostitutes, gangsters or Mafia … taken in the paddy wagon.”

“Weegee the Famous. Black photography” on gallery Blue sky, 12, rue des Whimsical, Lyon 1. Tel. : 04-72-07-84-31. Until June 21

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Screen shot from Le Monde.fr

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(Screenshot from liberation.fr)

From Liberation.fr, April 11, 2014

Great Google translation:

“American photographer is honored to Toulouse.
Weegee, born Arthur H. Fellig, is not a paparazzo, he values ​​and sense of justice. This does not prevent strafe like hell and order crime scenes to his liking. Nobody arrives at the ankle and the history of photography, without him, would be sad to die. Sometimes reduced to a vampire attracted by blood, Weegee (1899-1968) immortalized the New York injustice, racial segregation (photo of a cinema cut in half), those who sleep on the floor and the rich parading as these men back, wearing high-hat, straight out of a painting by Caillebotte.
Weegee was a surefire thing, a sudden flash of his signature to Zorro, which turns any moment into hallucination. His Chevrolet coupe, equipped with a radio plugged into the police frequencies, allowing it to be the first on the scene of various facts, photographs faster than his shadow and be the headlines. Nothing can resist him or the guys or Marilyn Monroe. It is a crazy and daring plays, on occasion, its role mortician paper with panache. In a hundred photographs, the Water Tower offers the best of the American Stanley Kubrick loved and who was set photographer for Dr. Strangelove.”

Weegee Gallery Water Tower, 1 place Laganne, Toulouse (31). Until May 18 Rens. :
galeriechateaudeau.org
(video interview, conference audio, and educational kit).

Liberation article here…

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(Screenshot from liberation.fr)