Flash Photography by Weegee: An Abstract
Flash photography by Weegee. Visual sociology, documentary photography, and photojournalism are social constructions whose meaning arises in the contexts. Furthermore, organizational and historical, of different worlds of photographic work stand out.
A remarkable photograph from around the mid-1960s shows New York’s legendary newspaper photographer of crime and slaughter. Weegee, staring with undisguised fascination at the Pop guru Andy Warhol.1 At this point in time Wee gee (real name Arthur Fellig) had long since given up his demanding freelance work of the 1930s and 1940s and, after a sojourn in Hollywood, was back in New York photographing the rich and famous.
Warhol, along with two figures who would subsequently be prominent Warhol subjects, Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Kennedy, were all photographed by Weegee around this time (figure 1).
If Wee gee was fascinated by Warhol’s celebrity, perhaps the fascination was mutual?