Weegee: Re-Viewed

With an essay by David Hopkins. Published on the occasion of the exhibition Weegee: Reviewed shown at Stills Gallery, Edinburgh in 2000.

 

Twenty-one years after the first exhibition of Weegee’s work at the gallery, Stills Gallery invited the art historian David Hopkins to curate a second show of the photographer’s work, examining the ongoing appeal of Weegee’s work for artists and audiences.

 

Weegee (born Arthur Fellig) was born in 1899 in Austria, emigrating with his family to Manhattan, New York at the beginning of the 20th century. A photographer and photojournalist known for his stark black and white street photography, Weegee developed his signature style by following the city’s emergency services and documenting their activity. Much of his work depicted extremely realistic scenes of urban life. During his career, Weegee published photographic books and also worked in cinema, creating his own short films, as well as collaborating with famous film directors.

 

David Hopkins is currently a Professor of History of Art at the University of Glasgow. He is the author of Marcel Duchamp and Max Ernst: The Bride Shared (Oxford, 1998), After Modern Art 1945- 2000 in Oxford History of Art series and co-author of Marcel Duchamp in Thames and Hudson’s World of Art series, amongst others.

 

210 x 260mm

13 pages (b/w)

10 Illustrations/images (including front cover)

2000

 


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