Weegee, ‘Ocean Dancer Distortion’, ca. 1950, Caviar20
Save
Save
View
View in room
Share
Share

Weegee

Ocean Dancer Distortion, ca. 1950

Gelatin silver print
15 3/4 × 12 3/4 in
40 × 32.4 cm
.
Sold
Location
Toronto
Certificate
Certificate of authenticity
This work includes a certificate of authenticity.
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
About the work
Exhibition history
Provenance
Caviar20
Toronto

Weegee created distortions of a wide range of subjects; celebrities, architecture, circus life, and …

Medium
Signature
Stamped by artist's estate, Stamped photographer’s credit in black ink with additional press stamps in red ink, annotated ‘moma’ in pencil …
Certificate of authenticity
Included
Frame
Included
Weegee
Austrian-American, 1899–1968
Follow

Considered by some to have invented tabloid photojournalism, Weegee (a.k.a Arthur Fellig) is known for his unflinching images of gangs, crime scenes, and street life in New York City, as well as his snapshots of glamorous Hollywood stars. With a reputation for being the first at the scene of a crime, Fellig cultivated his own mythology, claiming he had psychic abilities to predict crimes, and adopted the name Weegee—linked phonetically to séance-cum-boardgame Ouija—to highlight his predictive abilities. In fact, Weegee would sleep fully clothed with a police radio by his side, and kept a camera, typewriter, and darkroom equipment in the trunk of his car, enabling him to produce images with unrivalled speed. Murders and fires, Weegee once said, were his “best sellers,” his “bread and butter.”

Navigate left
Weegee, ‘Ocean Dancer Distortion’, ca. 1950, Caviar20
Navigate right
Save
Save
View
View in room
Share
Share
About the work
Exhibition history
Provenance
Caviar20
Toronto

Weegee created distortions of a wide range of subjects; celebrities, architecture, circus life, and nudes. "Ocean Dancer Distortion" is superb example of one of Weegee's images from this era. Restrained and elegant, it has a flavor evocative of Surrealism.

Medium
Signature
Stamped by artist's estate, Stamped photographer’s credit in black ink with additional press stamps in red ink, annotated ‘moma’ in pencil …
Certificate of authenticity
Included
Frame
Included
Weegee
Austrian-American, 1899–1968
Follow

Considered by some to have invented tabloid photojournalism, Weegee (a.k.a Arthur Fellig) is known for his unflinching images of gangs, crime scenes, and street life in New York City, as well as his snapshots of glamorous Hollywood stars. With a reputation for being the first at the scene of a crime, Fellig cultivated his own mythology, claiming he had psychic abilities to predict crimes, and adopted the name Weegee—linked phonetically to séance-cum-boardgame Ouija—to highlight his predictive abilities. In fact, Weegee would sleep fully clothed with a police radio by his side, and kept a camera, typewriter, and darkroom equipment in the trunk of his car, enabling him to produce images with unrivalled speed. Murders and fires, Weegee once said, were his “best sellers,” his “bread and butter.”

Weegee

Ocean Dancer Distortion, ca. 1950

Gelatin silver print
15 3/4 × 12 3/4 in
40 × 32.4 cm
.
Sold
Location
Toronto
Certificate
Certificate of authenticity
This work includes a certificate of authenticity.
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
Other works by Weegee
Related works
Most Similar