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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 enjoy B better....A is less interesting and creepy in the sense that the two rescuing firefighters are smiling while carrying the woman

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Emily - 8.28.2013 - 7:09 PM
A - the mannequins in B are creepy

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Sannie - 8.28.2013 - 7:05 PM
a -- it's a surprisingly happy photo.

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Taylor - 8.28.2013 - 5:17 PM
AThe story behind the photo makes it more interesting.

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Killian - 8.28.2013 - 4:58 PM
B - It's funny and creepy at the same time.

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Susanna - 8.28.2013 - 11:14 AM
B! its funny and tells a story.

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Cookie - 8.28.2013 - 11:12 AM
B - humorous, a play on the classic American family of the 1940s, the car, and the journey into the city.

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Christina - 8.27.2013 - 2:52 PM
B. Humor deserves its place.

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Blue - 8.27.2013 - 2:25 PM
Because its a QUALITY picture from a Quality artist.

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A - 8.27.2013 - 1:54 PM
B because it funny

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Audrey - 8.27.2013 - 1:52 PM
Agree that "A" is more typical for this master of photo-drama.

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david - 8.27.2013 - 1:40 PM
I like A better because it really shows the emotion of the woman when she was rescued and was able to save her prized possession in the face of disaster

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Michael - 8.27.2013 - 12:30 PM
From the other comments I have determined that A is better then B; but, B is better than A; therefore, the choice is clear, at least to us.

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Bill - 8.25.2013 - 4:52 PM
If you have other Weegee prints then it should be B because it shows another side of his photography. If this is the first acquisition, it should be A because that is the best example of the type of photography he shot.

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Jeff Dixon - 8.25.2013 - 3:43 PM
I vote for A because it is a typical Weegee. The International Center of Photography in NYC owns many of Arthur Fellig's photographs.

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Maritza - 8.25.2013 - 3:28 PM
BProbably something they do all the time BUT outrageous!

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David - 8.25.2013 - 2:51 PM
I'd go with B. It kinda seems to exist in it's own reality, which makes it fun to look at.

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Mike - 8.25.2013 - 2:45 PM
A.If the Arts are lost, the world is lost with it.

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Tiffany - from Alabama - 8.25.2013 - 2:36 PM
SELF PORTRAIT

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Anonymous - 8.25.2013 - 2:29 PM
I choose A.Neither photograph depict women in a positive manner. But A has a violin, and at the end of the day, art is what's worth saving.

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Jenny - 8.25.2013 - 2:28 PM

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