Collection Berinson(1899 -1968)
Weegee was an autodidact photographer who knew instinctively how to turn a press picture into a society cliché. His pictures will inspire Pop Art artists, Andy Wharol used cars accidents pictures from Weegee for his Orange Disaster série.
Confronted to terrible scenes, he brought up humor which gave another dimension to photography.
Weegee restituted a portion of time between 1930 and 1945, period indissociable to the american "Film noir", and for some, he's the inspiration.
The exhibit at the Maillol Museum is a great premiere for France, as most of the pictures haven't been seen before in public.
You will find all of Weegee's themes displayed in several rooms :
- Crimes, arrestations and New York City.
- Social discrimination.
- Standing up against segregation.
- The night world, his adentures at Sammy's.
- Sleep, Coney Island, accidents, fires, and anything strange.
Report Sabine Morandini
Olivier Lorquin interview
Maillol Museum - Paris
61, rue de Grenelle - Paris 8
June 20 - October 15 2007