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2012 exhibition at ICP in NYC showed lots of Weegee's photos and his own props. Exhibition was titled "Murder Is My Business." Viewing the photos was like stepping in a film noir set. 

 

Take a look at these photos as best you can. They fit right in with the descriptors of film noir... gritty, dark, tense, edgy, etc. It's objective realism balanced so close to subjective formalism. 

 

ICP link:

http://bit.ly/1ShSWcc

 

Museum of Modern Art (NYC) link:

http://www.moma.org/collection/artist.php?artist_id=1842

 

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It's kind of weird admitting to loving crime scene photos and regarding them as high art but not in the context of Weegee! I was introduced to his photography 14 years ago in a photography class. Once you see a Weegee you never forget. The subject matter was often gruesome but treated with such poetry of lens, such skill of documentary.

 

"He Made Blood and Guts Familiar and Fabulous."  ~New York Times

 

I can certainly see his influence on film noir. His photos look like noir film stills. I would love to have seen him make a movie.

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2012 exhibition at ICP in NYC showed lots of Weegee's photos and his own props. Exhibition was titled "Murder Is My Business." Viewing the photos was like stepping in a film noir set. 

 

Take a look at these photos as best you can. They fit right in with the descriptors of film noir... gritty, dark, tense, edgy, etc. It's objective realism balanced so close to subjective formalism. 

 

ICP link:

http://bit.ly/1ShSWcc

 

Museum of Modern Art (NYC) link:

http://www.moma.org/collection/artist.php?artist_id=1842

 

thanks for the link. Haunting.

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2012 exhibition at ICP in NYC showed lots of Weegee's photos and his own props. Exhibition was titled "Murder Is My Business." Viewing the photos was like stepping in a film noir set. 

 

Take a look at these photos as best you can. They fit right in with the descriptors of film noir... gritty, dark, tense, edgy, etc. It's objective realism balanced so close to subjective formalism. 

 

ICP link:

http://bit.ly/1ShSWcc

 

Museum of Modern Art (NYC) link:

http://www.moma.org/collection/artist.php?artist_id=1842

 

 

Thanks for the link.  I don't know if Weegee influenced Film Noir or was influenced by it.  They're pretty similar time frames.  In any case, seeing the Weegees is great.  Thanks for the link !!

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