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Flash: The Making of Weegee the Famous

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The first definitive biography of Weegee the Famous—photographer, psychic, fiend—from the author of Instant: The Story of Polaroid.

Arthur Fellig’s ability to arrive at a crime scene just as the cops did was so uncanny that he renamed himself “Weegee,” claiming that he functioned as a human Ouija board. Weegee documented better than any other photographer the crime, grit, a

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Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Henry Holt and Co.
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Bonnye Reed
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
GNab Flash: The Making of Weegee the Famous is an excellent biography of the life and times of Arthur Fellig. Arriving in New York City in 1910 from Eastern Europe, Arthur was one of seven children.
And though he was hungry, frightened, unable to speak English and only ten years old, Arthur (born Usher Felig) was working within days to help support his large family.

Arthur was a go-getter. When the information for the 1910 census was taken 8 months after their arrival in NYC, Arthur was profici
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Lee Woodruff
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Christopher Bonanos is an excellent reporter and writer and this book is a fascinating look at how we got where are we with the papparazzi and the creation of this celebrity culture from the most famous one ever!
SundayAtDusk
It took me forever to finish this book. That was definitely not due to readability problems, or lack of interest in photography, but due to only being able to take Mr. Weegee The Famous in small doses. During the 1930s and 1940s, Weegee (aka Arthur Fellig) was at the top of the heap of street photographers in New York City. One reason being he had no life other than taking pictures, particularly at night. He would be tipped off by the police about crimes; later getting a police radio; and go rus ...more
Cflack
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this in conjunction with "Weegee Serial Photographer" the graphic memoir by Max De Radigues and Wauter Mannaert and they were fantastic companion pieces.

This fascinating biography is a extremely detailed telling of the life and work of one of the best known 20th century American photographer. Not only did it document practically year by year Weegee's evolution from a child photographing other children on a horse on the lower east side to darkroom technician to credited national photograp
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Jason
Jul 02, 2018 rated it liked it
As a biography of Weegee's work, this book was fascinating, revealing the stories behind the photos, as well as interesting connections I didn't know (Kubrick), or had forgotten (Arbus). But the book jacket claims to provide a portrait of the man himself, and I found that portrait lacking. Whether it's the lack of detail about his relationship with his family throughout his life (his sister pops up for a sentence towards the end of the book, the only indication of a family relationship since the ...more
Kristine
Jun 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: amazon-reviewed
Flash: The Making of Weegee the Famous by Christopher Bonanos is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early June.

Usher/Arthur Fellig aka Weegee, a name that represents a kind of male Sasha Fierce persona who is the greatest photographer and can hold a conversation with anyone. That persona in itself created a caricature for those later involved his chosen career and the burgeoning fame of press photographers.  His early free-lance photos depict truth in a primitive, no-filter way (showing react
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May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Netgalley, the publisher. and the author for allowing me to read and review a digital copy of this book. Flash is a well-written and thoughtful biographical work. Admittedly, prior to reading this book, I was not familiar with Weegee the Famous.
As a writer who dabbles into research, I appreciated the vast reading and detail author Christopher Bonanos brought to this book. I can see it as an enjoyable read on its own or a reading choice for arts-based courses.
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May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Flash is a well-written and thoughtful biographical work. Admittedly, prior to reading this book I was not familiar with Weegee the Famous.

As a writer who dabbles into research, I appreciated the vast reading and detail author Christopher Bonanos brought to this book. I can see it as an enjoyable read on its own or a reading choice for arts-based courses.

Highly recommended!
Bruce Most
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating portrait of the 1930s and 40s New York City freelance photographer whose stark nighttime photos of murder victims, fires, and auto accidents—and their spectators—brought spot news photographer into the light. It’s also the classic story of a lonely immigrant reinventing himself in an often vain attempt to shed his past and achieve the American dream.
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Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Arthur Fellig later nicknamed Weegee came to America with his family a true immigrant.Wegee was an unusual character a very talented photographer who had a strange ability to arrive at crime scenes before the cops.There are many iconic Wegee photographs one a picture an overview of bathers at Coneyisland an amazing panoramic photo.A unique original a wonderful intimate look at his unique life story.
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Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a picture of NYC through the eyes of its most dedicated night crawler! On call all the time for gangland murders, 2AM fires, 5AM roof jumpings with a practiced hand at 6 and 10 feet for rapid fire focus. Tooling around in his office on wheels, his Chevy with a police radio and trunk repurposed as an office. The book has a good index
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