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November 29, 2001 to March 3, 2002

Weegee’s Story: From the Berinson Collection

The Philadelphia Art Alliance presents 227 small-scale black-and-white vintage photographs by the famous photographer Weegee (Arthur Fellig; 1899-1968), taken primarily in New York City from 1935 to 1945. Weegee’s photographs are famous for their depictions of street life in the Lower East Side, Brooklyn, Harlem, and Coney Island, but also have been recognized by scholars for their impact upon and likeness to film noir conventions, particularly their bold compositions, tight framing, and dramatic lighting effects which were achieved during darkroom experimentation. Weegee’s composite "portrait" of Manhattan documents an era and stands as an examplar of avant-garde photography.

This exhibition was organized by the Rupertinum Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Salzburg, Austria, and selected from one of the world’s premier private collection of Weegee photographs.

Weegee's Story has been presented at: The Rupertinum, Salzburg, Austria; The Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, England; Magasin 3 Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden; Photographische Sammlung, Cologne, Germany; the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA; and the Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA.

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