Flash: The Making of Weegee the Famous

Flash: The Making of Weegee the Famous

The first comprehensive biography of Weegee—photographer, “psychic,” ultimate New Yorker—from Christopher Bonanos, 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, and complex humanity of midcentury New York City. In Flash, we get a portrait not only of the man (both flawed and deeply talented, with generous appetites for publicity, women, and hot pastrami) but also of the fascinating time and place that he occupied.

From self-taught immigrant kid to newshound to art-world darling to latter-day caricature—moving from the dangerous streets of New York City to the celebrity culture of Los Angeles and then to Europe for a quixotic late phase of experimental photography and filmmaking—Weegee lived a life just as worthy of documentation as the scenes he captured. With Flash, we have an unprecedented and ultimately moving view of the man now regarded as an innovator and a pioneer, an artist as well as a newsman, whose photographs are among most powerful images of urban existence ever made.

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  • Lee Woodruff

    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 famo...

  • Bonnye Reed

    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. ...

  • John

    As someone who loves film noir, hard boiled detective and crime fiction, and midcentury jazz, it's no surprise I love Weegee's photography, and have for years. I never new a lot about Weegee (born Ush...

  • Cflack

    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 extreme...

  • Adele S.

    My star rating’s pretty uncertain on this one, so I’m thinking about changing it. Biographies aren’t usually my thing. I prefer my nonfiction in the form of essay collections or autobiographies ...

  • Bruce Most

    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 ph...

  • 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...

  • Mike

    Terrifically researched, well-written, vivid portrayal of Weegee, warts and all.Many laughs.Notes:2014's Nightcrawler was inspired by him. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nightcr...69...tear sheets cove...

  • Jason

    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 ...

  • Kristine

    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 per...