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Weegee's New York: Photographs, 1935-1960 [Paperback]

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Weegee's New York: Photographs 1935--1960

Weegee's legendary camera recorded an unmatched pictorial chronicle of a legendary time. Weegee's New York is the New York of the thirties and forties, a city marked by the Great Depression, by unemployment and poverty, by mob violence and prostitution. He was the first news photographer allowed a police radio in his car. Racing through Manhattan's streets after midnight, he often beat the cops to the scene of the crime to shoot the pictures which would scream from the pages of the Daily News and the Daily Mirror next morning. They still jump from the page with a restless immediacy and intense nervousness that has never been surpassed. The 335 photographs collected in this new softcover reprint tell the astonishing story of New York during one of its most violent and exciting periods. The introductory essay is by the former editor of Art Forum, John Coplans.

Essay by Weegee

Weegee (1899-1968),was born Arthur Fellig in what is now a part of Poland and arrived in New York at the age of ten. During his ten years at Manhattan's police headquarters he published 5,000 photos that made him the most famous of a new breed of hardboiled news photographers. His book Naked City (later made into a film) was published in 1945, followed in 1953 by Naked Hollywood.

John Coplans, born in 1920 in England, immigrated to the US in 1960. In 1962 he founded the periodical Artforum serving as its editor until 1980. He was director of the Art Gallery of University of California at Irvine; senior curator at the Pasadena Art Museum; and director of the Akron Art Museum, Ohio. At age sixty he took up photography full-time.

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Pages   335
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 9" Height: 11.25"
Weight:   4.22 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 30, 2006
Publisher   Schirmer Art Books
ISBN  388814874X  
ISBN13  9783888148743  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! John Coplans has been a painter, magazine editor, and museum director at various times over the past forty years. The photographs he began making of his naked body in 1984 are in the collections of over sixty-five prestigious institutions, including the Art Institute of Chicago; the J. Paul Getty Museum, California; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Tate Gallery, London; The National Gallery, Edinburgh; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; I.V.A.M. Valencia, Spain; and Stockholm Konsthall. Coplans' photographs have been the subject of numerous museum exhibitions, including retrospectives at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (1994); P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Museum, Long Island City, New York (1997); Paco das Artes, Sao Paulo, Brazil (1998); and the National Galleries, Edinburgh (1999). A founding editor of Artforum magazine, Coplans became the Editor-in-Chief in 1971. In 1978, as the director of the Akron Art Museum, he founded the Midwest art journal Dialogue. Recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships, four National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and an award from the International Association of Art Critics, Coplans was made Officier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 2001. He is the author of nine books on art and photography, including A BODY, his magnum opus released from powerHouse Books in 2002, and a small collection of his critical writings, PROVOCATIONS (London Projects, 1996). Born in London in 1920, Coplans lives and works in New York City.

John Coplans currently resides in New York.

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Vintage NYC!!  Jul 8, 2008
I am a sucker for/fan of those old vintage '30s, '40s, and '50s NYC photos and movies where the men wore hats, ties, and suits and the women dressed up. This book has all of that: a definite must have for the aficionados of the way we used to look, act, and dress, as well as those who love photographic crime story images. This is NYC from Weegee's camera and it is a NYC that, although I am too young to have lived in that era, projects a thousand words with each riveting image. This book sits on my coffee table. I will purchase similar books to lay around my apt. and provide guests with items that guests will have a hard time resisting.
The best of Mister Speed Graphic  Jun 8, 2004
With 335 photos, this large size paperback is one of the better books you'll find of Weegee's work. Divided into eighteen photographic chapters (with one image per page) it really is an impressive selection, especially as it covers his output from 1935 to 1960.

The chapter on crime has the largest selection (thirty-one) with the predictable dead and bloodied bodies surrounded by police and public. Weegee claimed he (and several Speed Graphic cameras) covered hundreds of murders for the New York tabloids, he knew that that the only thing that mattered to the 'tabs' were the headlines and photos, the story could fill any space that was left. The other chapters cover ordinary New Yorkers in mostly nighttime settings.

The perfect complement to this book is Miles Barth's 'Weegee's World' (ISBN 0821226495) which admittedly does have many of the same photos but also has three long essays about this unique photographer. I have another book about Weegee, a very poor reproduction of his 1945 title 'Naked City' (ISBN 0306812045) and again most of the photos are in the New York book.

***FOR AN INSIDE LOOK click 'customer images' under the cover.
tempus fugit  Mar 10, 2001
This book is amazing piece of amercian history. New York history. Frozen moments of ordinary people and their enviroment. Really must have one...

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