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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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LOVE THE EYES!!! I PICK B

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CG - 8.21.2013 - 7:21 PM
ugh not b! A all the way!

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Julia - 8.21.2013 - 6:52 PM
Photograph A. It shows a more dynamic scene. The lighting is better and I personally enjoy shots that show action. I could go on but photograph A should be added to your collection.

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Zach - 8.21.2013 - 6:45 PM
Photograph B should be added to your collection. It in many senses is a much more dynamic and enticing photograph. It shows much more of the artists talent in how he composed the photograph in comparison to phtograph A. I could go on but Photograph B should be added to your collection.

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Steve - 8.21.2013 - 6:44 PM
I really love photograph A.

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Brooke - 8.21.2013 - 6:42 PM
I like A. The subject of the rescue no longer is a victim: no, she has everything she wants. To me, this image answers the question: What one thing would you grab if you were leaving a house afire? She's made her choice...and one can see she chose wisely. It's a second in time that captures my heart, b/c in it, I see humankind, often fleeing. Here, you also see the survival and it's heartening.

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Kathy Jane "Kiki" King - 8.21.2013 - 6:32 PM
I like A

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Mary K - 8.21.2013 - 6:14 PM
As these photographs highlight two opposing sides of Weegee's career, to choose one over the other will inevitably leave out something great. Both of these shots are fantastic in their different ways. Go with A, and hopefully the museum will acquire more of Weegee's self portraits down the road.

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Max - 8.21.2013 - 6:07 PM
Photograph A, for its triumphant narrative power.

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Pam - 8.21.2013 - 6:04 PM
B 2 votes

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Kostas - 8.21.2013 - 5:45 PM
While A is a classic instance of Weegee's genre work, B has great vitality and a glimpse of the artist as well. Unless there's no other Weegee in the Museum's collections, I'd vote for B.

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Andy - 8.21.2013 - 4:11 PM
Although it would be great to have both, I would vote for B, which I think has better light and a clearer, fun, message. And he comes through in both composition and facial expression.

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Gene - 8.21.2013 - 4:10 PM
Photograph B has better composition and more interesting artistically. I'd choose B.

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mike - 8.21.2013 - 3:53 PM
Four votes for photograph B.

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Anonymous - 8.21.2013 - 3:02 PM
Please get B. t is sick.

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Patrick - 8.21.2013 - 2:10 PM
Love A!

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melissa - 8.21.2013 - 2:08 PM
A for sure

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Anonymous - 8.21.2013 - 2:03 PM
B, for sure

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Law - 8.21.2013 - 1:16 PM
B, because it's unique

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Joseph - 8.21.2013 - 11:52 AM
Firemen vote for A!

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William - 8.21.2013 - 11:30 AM

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