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Winner - B: <i>Self-Portrait with Mannequins, Hollywood</i>
View both Weegee photographs
As part of the exhibition, First Look: Collecting for Philadelphia (July 13 – September 8, 2013), the Museum presented two photographs by the celebrated artist known as Weegee. A press photographer in New York City, Weegee was embraced by both the popular media and the art world. His uncanny instinct for tracking down newsworthy scenes led to his unique pseudonym—derived, legend has it, from Ouija boards used for fortune-telling.

During the run of the exhibition, the Museum solicited feedback from visitors about which of these two Weegee photographs they thought should enter the Museum’s permanent collection. The Museum is delighted to announce that Self-Portrait with Mannequins, Hollywood generated the most positive feedback.

Thank you to all our visitors for their insightful comments, which you may read below, and to Mr. and Mrs. Anthony D’Orazio, who contributed funds to purchase the photograph.

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B is fine

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Shelly - 8.14.2013 - 11:45 AM
I find the selection of A as a more intriguing selection..as it includes a bit of joy in a fire disaster..along with the firemen in their garb..and anonlooker...and her reaction is not shown, so we can become thatperson

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mille - 8.14.2013 - 11:42 AM
I think the self portrait with mannequins should be entered into the museum for reason that its a self portrait of the photographer which is rare.Thanks, alilama

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alilama716 - 8.13.2013 - 4:25 PM
B, becquse it's q comstructed imqge qnd it tells us a story, or give a glance

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martine from france - 8.13.2013 - 4:01 PM
B- it's great to see the artist create a story and i love the cigar and the expression on his face.

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amybirn - 8.13.2013 - 3:19 PM
A: interesting and capticating

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Emily - 8.13.2013 - 3:18 PM
I vote A- amusing, charming, informative. Speedy reaction by police. Love of music!

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Edith Frumin - 8.13.2013 - 3:14 PM
I would like to see photograph A because I enjoy the juxtaposition of the photograph. Although there is a fire destroying a building, this young girl was rescued and able to salvage her violin. I think it shows the beauty in ugly things.

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Anonymous - 8.13.2013 - 2:50 PM
B!

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Mike - 8.13.2013 - 12:52 PM
I like B, and so does Paula although she has no strong feelings

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Steve - 8.13.2013 - 12:30 PM
A pretty good experience !Awesome view from a kid ...

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Alex - 8.13.2013 - 12:21 PM
B. There is much more irony here, as well as an interesting reflection on American culture. Photo A is much more common in our everyone-always-has-a-camera culture. While Weegee could be celebrated for this, I think photo B is more unique, even for Weegee himself. I don't think he did too many self portraits.

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john in boston - 8.13.2013 - 11:54 AM
A. It's curious how people react to disaster and to the camera. Looks like a precursor to Warhol's Disaster series

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Anonymous - 8.13.2013 - 11:20 AM
B, definitely. Great humorous, self-deprecating self-portrait. One of his few posed shots, most of his work having been caught on the fly.

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Anonymous - 8.13.2013 - 10:51 AM
Totally inspired by A. She still had something left after a horrific event.

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Pam - 8.13.2013 - 10:33 AM
A: It's amusing to see a smile on the face of someone losing their home, while clutching what must be her most treasured possession.

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Friend and Boss - 8.11.2013 - 3:14 PM
I like B...the juxtaposition of "Real" as in flesh and "unreal" as in the fabricated material of the mannequins (who is the woman in the glasses...the combination of real and unreal taking place in the re formation of women's identity in that time period?) creates a unique response/message of hilarity and tension. The sign in the background...sightseeing tours to homes of movie stars adds to this dimension of the transformation from real to unreal and back. I love this complex and entertaining piece. It really needs no explanation whereas I feel A, while creating a dynamic tension between the horror of catastrophe and the elation of safety, is not as easy to "take in". The added mystery of the woman with no face in the scarf adds interest...it's a great photo. But I vote for B.

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Becky B - 8.11.2013 - 2:31 PM
I choose B

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Kevin K - 8.11.2013 - 2:22 PM
I prefer self portrait because it is humorous, an artist poking fun at himself

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anonymous - 8.11.2013 - 2:11 PM
A is my favorite of the two. I didn't even see the violin at first.

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Raquel M. - 8.11.2013 - 2:10 PM

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