Friday, April 30, 2010

Weegee the Famous in Indianapolis

At the Indianapolis Museum of Art, through January 23, 2011:

Shots in the Dark: Photos by Weegee the Famous will showcase 48 works selected from the Museum’s recent major acquisition of 210 photographs by Arthur Fellig, the father of New York street photography better known as Weegee the Famous. The exhibition will explore a range of works that defined Weegee’s career, including photos of crime scenes in the 1930s, Harlem jazz clubs in the ’40s, audiences at Sinatra concerts or in darkened movie theaters taken surreptitiously with infrared film, strippers, transvestites, Greenwich Village coffee houses in the ’50s and portraits of the famous, shot through distorting lenses of his own devising.
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comments: 2

Eustace Bright said...

Thanks for the tip. I can imagine why you might like these photographs -- it's like eating real-life reduction. True to everyday life, but concentrated -- so different from flashing pictures of celebrities, events of "significance," and escapist fantasies. It was a wild and wonderful collection of humanity, from the banal to the unique to the hilarious to the ridiculous. (And of course, it was New York, your old stomping grounds.) Thanks for the tip again! :)

Michael Leddy said...

You’re welcome, Joe. :)