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Weegee's New York: Photographs 1935-1960 Paperback – Jan 1 2000

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 335 pages
  • Publisher: Schirmer/Mosel Verlag Gmbh (Jan. 1 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 388814874X
  • ISBN-13: 978-3888148743
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 22.9 x 28.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,562,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Legendary photojournalist Weegee’s unflinching eye led him to territory few other photographers of his time dared to go. His New York was not the glamorous world of nightclubs and bustling sidewalks, but of the back alleys and forgotten tenements that bore witness to the city’s tragedy and violence. Weegee’s New York is a city wounded by the Great Depression, in the throes of unemployment and poverty, of crime, corruption, and prostitution. Taken mostly at night, and marked by the characteristically harsh, artificial light that cast telltale shadows on their subjects, these photographs of crime victims, homeless vagrants, petty thieves, and resolute policemen document the gritty reality of Weegee’s world. The first news photographer permitted a police radio in his car, Weegee would race through Manhattan’s streets after midnight, often beating the cops to the scene of the crime. The next morning his pictures would scream from the pages of the Daily News and the Daily Mirror. They still jump from the page today, with a restless an immediacy and intense edginess that has yet to be surpassed. The 335 photographs collected in this volume tell a story of New York during one of its most violent and exciting periods. They also tells the story of the man behind the camera, whose passion, curiosity, and humanity belie his role as uninvolved bystander. More than a record of superb photojournalism, Weegee’s New York is a te! stament to a man who refused to look away. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

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.

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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.
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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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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2d41b1c) out of 5 stars The best of Mister Speed Graphic June 8 2004
By Robin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2f962a0) out of 5 stars Vintage NYC!! July 8 2008
By J. Chaney - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2f43624) out of 5 stars tempus fugit March 10 2001
By tomas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is amazing piece of amercian history. New York history. Frozen moments of ordinary people and their enviroment. Really must have one...
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2f75e58) out of 5 stars Great Photos Dec 3 2013
By Steven Townsend - Published on Amazon.com
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The photos are great, I come back and look at them often. New York during this time period seemed like a more interesting place.


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