Celebration at End of War

  • Weegee, Celebration at End of War, ca. 1945, gelatin silver print, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1974.32.4

Exhibition Label
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
Celebration at End of War
ca. 1945
On View
Not on view.
13 3/8 x 10 1/2 in. (33.9 x 26.8 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

Mediums Description
gelatin silver print
  • Recreation – dancing
  • Figure group
  • Object – other – flag
  • Recreation – party – block party
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