Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object : Self-Portrait with Mannequins, Hollywood
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Self-Portrait with Mannequins, Hollywood

Weegee, American (born Austria), 1899 - 1968

Photograph taken in Hollywood, California, United States, North and Central America

Late 1940s

Gelatin silver print

Image: 7 5/8 × 9 7/16 inches (19.4 × 24 cm) Sheet: 8 1/8 × 10 inches (20.6 × 25.4 cm)

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Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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Currently not on view

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Purchased with funds contributed by Amy and Tony D’Orazio, 2013

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Weegee was best-known for his sensational photojournalistic pictures of New York at night, which candidly presented a motley cast of characters: murderers, accident and fire victims, intoxicated brawlers, and the morbidly curious onlookers gathered to watch such scenes unfold. But in his lifetime, the tabloid photographer also made a staggering number of self-portraits (no less than 1,500); in them, he creatively reinvented himself as a photographer, a clown, a man in a drunk tank, a murder suspect, and a spaceman, to name just a few subjects. His playful and often humorous self-portraits delve into the world of the fantastic, and Self-Portrait with Mannequins, Hollywood exemplifies this kind of presentation—a complex amalgam of reality and fakery.