Flash! The Sensational Photography of Weegee the Famous
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Weegee enjoyed the unusual distinction of being the New York tabloids’ most popular crime photographer in the 1940s while simultaneously having his work collected by MoMA. This strange crossing of genres—from sensational mass media to the revered status of fine artwork—can be explained by the intense emotional impact of his work. His photographs, whether of grisly tragedies or men in drag winking for the camera as they’re led off to the paddy wagon, offer the viewer immediate human connection (and often voyeuristic titillation).