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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…”

Weegee, Naked Hollywood, “Stunt girl”

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.”
Vampira Tumblr
Radio show

(To be continued…)

(Thank you Caroline.)

Almost exactly a year ago, we made this great post about a recent ebay auction:

Sold for $123.50

Sold as: “RARE 1940’s Original Photo VIRGINIA MAYO Portrait by WEEGEE”

Funny thing is, the caption on the back of the photo doesn’t say that Weegee made the photo. In the (great) caption there is a quote from Weegee, (“on account of them curves”) as an award presenter, not as the photographer. (That’s a curve or perhaps even a knuckleball…)
(There are photos of Weegee and Mayo, each holding a small movie camera, on the same set.)
Our opinion: the photo was not made by Weegee.
Tonight, we make this great post:

Words and images from the ebay listing:
“RARE 1940’s Original Photo VIRGINIA MAYO Portrait by WEEGEE
a STUNNING example from “Naked City””

Date of Image: 1940’s
Date of Issue: 1940’s
Issuer: Acme Newspictures
Size: 7″ x 9″
A Vintage 1940’s ORIGINAL Photo featuring the beautiful Virginia Mayo as captured by the legendary photographer, Weegee. Born Arthur Fellig, the artist known for his stark black and white street photographs took his talents to Hollywood in the 1947 and over a four year period produced some of the most stunning images of cinema’s leading stars (click HERE for link more info).

Offered is a RARE period photograph of one of those works from Weegee. This 7″ x 9″ photograph from Acme Newspictures was issued on July 8, 1948 and its a striking portrayal of “Ginny”, clearly demonstrating Weegee’s mastery of light and shadow. The Sultan of Morocco once declared Mayo’s beauty to be proof of the existence of God. Well, here is the quintessential photo of the voluptuous Hollywood beauty – like a pinup painting coming to life !”


Sold for $260.00

What exactly does the caption on back of this photo say:
HOLLYWOOD: Magazine Photographer’s Association members have named movie star Virginia Mayo, “MISS THIRD DIMENSION”.
Representing the organization, and making the award, “Weegee,” noted photographer, whose camera depictions of New York have become legendary, declared that Miss Mayo is the girl who looks best to the third dimensional lens he is now demonstrating in Hollywood, “On account of them curves.”
NY 1-2-3-4-5 CAN FOR
Credit (ACME) 7-8-48 (SM)”

The caption doesn’t say that Weegee is the photographer who made the photo. He is the noted photographer who is “representing the organization, and making the award.”

We’ve never seen this on a Weegee photo:

Our opinion: the photo was not made by Weegee.

November, 1955
“Trick mirrors? Uh-uh!
Plastic surgery on your favorite stars? Nope!
Seeing things? You certainly are!”

“When this guy takes Hollywood apart (and he’s been doing it for years), the movie capital rarely looks the same. So here, for your enjoyment, is a festive Halloween guessing game…
Can you identify the people on these four pages?
Some are easy, but some are tricky. So watch out!
Have fun! And don’t let Weegee fool you!”

A great article in a NY Times fashion magazine about Esther McCoy appeared a few weeks ago…
Surprisingly no mention of McCoy’s great film Weegee in Hollywood (1950, 7 min.).

“She reported on slum clearances and the crisis in low-cost housing and wrote book reviews and a trilogy of detective novels. When her friend Jean Evans, a writer for New York PM Magazine, [PM!?!?], married the future director Nicholas Ray in 1936, McCoy served as a witness. With Ray, McCoy collaborated on a screenplay about troubled youth that was never finished.” p. 60

Her archives are here (at the Smithsonian, Archives of American Art)
Surprisingly no mention of Weegee in Hollywood in the Archives of American Art webpages…