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Winner - B: <i>Self-Portrait with Mannequins, Hollywood</i>
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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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I vote A - it's a classic example of Weegee's work in terms of the subject matter, immediacy and human interest, deepened by the echoes of paintings of the Descent from the Cross, illustrating Weegee's artistic genius for capturing the universal in vivid moments of great emotion.

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Charles - 9.6.2013 - 6:05 PM
i vote for B

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mike wratschko - 9.6.2013 - 5:19 PM
I say photo "B." At first glance, one thinks they see five people crowded in a car. At second, you see what's really happening and you chuckle. Real optical illusion.

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Sandy - 9.6.2013 - 5:17 PM
Love both photos. But, if you have to make a choice, I vote for B.Yes "B"!Why?Because it is humorous, witty and original.Never saw a photo like this before.I will remember it.Besides, we are living in stressful times and the world needs more silly.Merle Rose

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Merle Rose - 9.6.2013 - 5:07 PM
LOL! Vote for B for sure.

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marla - 9.6.2013 - 3:33 PM
I vote for B. I think it's a better composition, in terms of light vs. dark and curved vs. straight lines. Also, it's clever, witty, humorous, funny, imaginative. Plus, I think it has notes of ambiguity: The woman he has his arm around appears to be a mannequin, but then maybe not. And the woman second from the left looks real, but then maybe she's just a very realistic mannequin. And Weegee has a dummy-like look himself.

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Paul - 9.6.2013 - 3:02 PM
i look forward to looking at b the next time i visit.

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louise - 9.6.2013 - 2:42 PM
My advice to Philamuseum is: Buy both! They are both so cool

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Dmax - 9.6.2013 - 2:39 PM
i vote for Bit is just plain fun

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adrienne - 9.6.2013 - 2:32 PM
While both images are wonderful, the "Self Portrait with Mannequins, Hollywood" is staged, rather than captured, and as such it may give us more insight into the artist, who reveals more of himself the more he is in control, though he may reveal more of a moment or time when he is less so. Either photo will be a wonderful addition to the Museum's collection.

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Michael - 9.6.2013 - 2:28 PM
Although my initial reaction was "B", my choice is "A". I like how the various emotions emerge out of the dark, as well as certain details: the woman's head scarf, the numbers on the firemen's hats, and how they, with the lightness of the girls legs, are moving towards the viewer.

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sara s - 9.6.2013 - 1:53 PM
B. It is humorous and keeps you looking at it more than a glance.

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Theresa 9-6-13 - 9.6.2013 - 1:47 PM
I vote for B. I like that it's quirky and zany, and reveals the photographer's great imagination and creative ideas.

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Barbara - 9.6.2013 - 12:48 PM
One of my favorite moments in TIME is NOWMy favorite number is 55. My favorite sports city is Philly. This is special. My birthday is today and I am 55, and I vote for A.

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Elias - 9.6.2013 - 12:47 PM
B

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Anonymous - 9.6.2013 - 12:25 PM
B- like the sense of humor- gives insight into the artist as a person. Who is the (real) woman with him?

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Anonymous - 9.6.2013 - 12:24 PM
B DEMONSTRATES HIS PERSONALITY

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JOAN - 9.6.2013 - 12:08 PM
B BECAUSE ITS NICE AND ITS PRETTY

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KELLY - 9.6.2013 - 12:06 PM
B IT IS COOL

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KARA - 9.6.2013 - 12:05 PM
a because i,m a violinist and i would save my violin and b because it made me laugh

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joanrosenberg - 9.6.2013 - 11:12 AM

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