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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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Rachel - 8.9.2013 - 6:28 PM
A - This depicts how in the midst of disaster how little it takes to restore the human spirit.

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Jim - 8.9.2013 - 5:54 PM
B as it represents a lighter theme

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Susan - 8.9.2013 - 5:53 PM
A because it is a stark reality-- sad, tragic. Once in a while you have to see the other side.

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Fran - 8.9.2013 - 5:52 PM
A: Depicts a moment of humanity and warmth in an obviously horrendous situation- acts of humanity like this are almost dissipating out of our culture and interpersonal societal values

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WH - 8.9.2013 - 5:49 PM
B- eerily humorous, portraying the fixation of American culture with false icons based on celebrity culture and plastic idols. A is nice, but a little common, could easily be found in a newspaper, whereas B offers a chilling social critique and makes the viewer look twice. We can't fully understand what's going on.

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YY - 8.9.2013 - 5:47 PM
The slightly manic look for the man contrasted with the dazed look of the woman and the 'captured' mannequins is compelling, if a little creepy.

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B - 8.9.2013 - 5:40 PM
I SUGGEST OPTION A OF THE TWO WEEGEES

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JUDY - 8.9.2013 - 5:10 PM
A

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ELK - 8.9.2013 - 5:00 PM
LOVE THE MANNEQUINS.

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DOUGLAS ALDERFER - 8.9.2013 - 4:55 PM
A

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Anonymous - 8.9.2013 - 3:53 PM
A - more evocative

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-nickt.- - 8.9.2013 - 3:52 PM
B for its humor

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Anonymous - 8.9.2013 - 3:29 PM
A-The triumph of the human spirit is far more inspiring than the strange humor shown in the other.

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Melissa - 8.9.2013 - 3:19 PM
A-Not only is it real, it gives life to 'normal' events and people. It's positive and happy.

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Bethany - 8.9.2013 - 3:16 PM
I chose A because it's real life and surprising she seems to be having a good time. B is fun, but posed.

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Susan - 8.9.2013 - 2:29 PM
I choose A. I feel that this photograph best personifies Weegee's most used approach to collecting and making images.

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Bianca M - 8.9.2013 - 2:24 PM
B - it captures a side of Weegee - humorous, a reflection of of Hollywood where he has just relocated

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alison smith - 8.9.2013 - 2:21 PM
B. It shows the artist enjoying his craft.

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tomm - 8.9.2013 - 2:04 PM
A - real life

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L - 8.9.2013 - 1:40 PM

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