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Celebration at End of War

ca. 1945 Weegee Born: Zloczew, Austria-Hungary 1899 Died: New York, New York 1968 gelatin silver print 13 3/8 x 10 1/2 in. (33.9 x 26.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1974.32.4 Not currently on view


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Weegee was a freelance photographer who sold lurid photographs of fires, car crashes, deaths, and violent crimes to tabloid newspapers. Born Usher Fellig, his unusual moniker is a phonetic adaptation of “Ouija,” the board game used by mediums and spiritualists in attempts to predict the future. A police radio allowed him to track crimes and other events, and created the illusion of clairvoyance. Weegee’s spur-of-the-moment photographs captured the quick movement and raucous energy before him.


A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2013

Keywords

Figure(s) in exterior - urban

Recreation - dancing

Recreation - party - block party

Still life - other - flag

photography - photoprint

gelatin silver