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

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
Title
Celebration at End of War
Artist
Date
ca. 1945
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
13 3810 12 in. (33.926.8 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

Mediums Description
gelatin silver print
Classifications
Keywords
  • Recreation – dancing
  • Object – other – flag
  • Figure group
  • Recreation – party – block party
Object Number
1974.32.4
Palette
Linked Open Data
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