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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 for a-saving a violin and the look of pure joy on the young women's face is priceless!!!

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lyn linker - 7.12.2013 - 1:26 PM
"A" is a wonderful representation of post WWII urban America. Its realism draws one to a bygone era.

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Gerry - 7.12.2013 - 1:12 PM
Love "B"-Memories of a time gone by!!

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Jerry/Rhoda - 7.12.2013 - 12:56 PM
A, for its humanity and as an example of the valor of first responders.

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Susanna Davison - 7.12.2013 - 12:48 PM
I like B because it shows a grittier side of human nature.

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Claire - 7.12.2013 - 12:39 PM
As a violinist, I definitely would vote for A -- especially from the spontaneous nature of the event!

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Moe - 7.12.2013 - 11:54 AM
Both photographs are worthy, but I like A (Even Saved the Violin) because it is recording an unplanned event. The photographer did not know exactly what he would find so he had to have the skill to capture the moment. I especially like the smiles on the woman and the firefighters.

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Alice - 7.12.2013 - 11:25 AM
I like A because of the true life caught by the photographer.

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Harriet - 7.12.2013 - 11:22 AM
I choose A because it represents brightness in time of darkness.

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Eileen - 7.12.2013 - 10:54 AM
I think that B should be purchased because this is a very odd photograph.

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Wyatt - 7.12.2013 - 10:53 AM
I like the "Self-Portrait with Mannequins". I find the composition of this photograph more interesting.

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Lady J - 7.11.2013 - 2:11 PM
My vote is for "Even Saved the Violin." The look of sheer joy on the girl's face is amazing!

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Nancy - 7.11.2013 - 2:08 PM
I like "B", the Self Portrait with Mannequins. It's work acquiring for the look on the photographer's face alone. A really striking image.

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Max Barth - 7.11.2013 - 10:55 AM
What a fun idea! I love the mannequins - is one of them real? This is such a striking image, I would have to pick this one

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Sally Roberts - 7.11.2013 - 9:50 AM
I like the one with the police because it is a darker image and I like the contrast

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Remi Poindexter - 7.10.2013 - 10:25 AM

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