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The first comprehensive biography of Weegee―photographer, “psychic,” ultimate New Yorker―from Christopher Bonanos, author of Instant: The Story of Polaroid.

Arthur Fellig’s ability to arrive at a crime scene just as the cops did was so uncanny that he renamed himself “Weegee,” claiming that he functioned as a human Ouija board. Weegee documented better than any other photographer the crime, grit, and complex humanity of midcentury New York City. In Flash, we get a portrait not only of the man (both flawed and deeply talented, with generous appetites for publicity, women, and hot pastrami) but also of the fascinating time and place that he occupied.

From self-taught immigrant kid to newshound to art-world darling to latter-day caricature―moving from the dangerous streets of New York City to the celebrity culture of Los Angeles and then to Europe for a quixotic late phase of experimental photography and filmmaking―Weegee lived a life just as worthy of documentation as the scenes he captured. With Flash, we have an unprecedented and ultimately moving view of the man now regarded as an innovator and a pioneer, an artist as well as a newsman, whose photographs are among most powerful images of urban existence ever made.

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WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR BEST BIOGRAPHY OF 2018

A NEW YORK TIMES BEST ART BOOK OF 2018

A LIBRARY JOURNAL BEST NONFICTION BOOK OF 2018


"Christopher Bonanos has finally supplied us with the biography Weegee deserves: sympathetic and comprehensive, a scrupulous account with just the right touch of irreverence. Bonanos...takes the photographer seriously without letting him and his self-mythologizing off the hook." -- The New York Times

"[A]n outstanding biography...Bonanos is a peerless guide to Weegee''s career, writing with obvious relish and great insight." -- Newsday

"A snappily written life of Weegee the Famous...[a] fine biography" -- The Wall Street Journal

"Weegee and his world don''t encourage minimalism, and, fifty years after his death, he has at last acquired a biographer who can keep up with him."  --Thomas Mallon, The New Yorker

"Continually fascinating...deeply researched...compelling."  --Kirkus Reviews, *Starred Review*

"The cut and strut of Bonanos'' vivid prose captures the rough-and-tumble of mid-twentieth-century New York, while vital details gleaned from his extensive research enliven the portrait...he makes the man behind the camera fully human." -- Booklist, *Starred Review*

"[A] superb biography...Bonanos has meticulously researched every aspect of Weegee''s life, filling this fascinating and lively account with amusing and touching anecdotes." -- Library Journal, *Starred Review*

"[A]n energetic and informative biography...Bonanos''s revelatory portrait of ''Weegee the Famous'' will interest general readers, as well as those with a special interest in photojournalism."  --Publishers Weekly

"[An] impeccably researched biography ...Bonanos offers a lively history of the early years of news photography, rich with anecdotes that create Weegee''s persona."  --PopMatters.com

"Christopher Bonanos'' superb biography reveals how the man born as Usher Fellig in 1899 reinvented himself as a chronicler of the seedier sides of nocturnal Manhattan in the 1930s."  --The Seattle Times

"Vivacious ... long-overdue and endlessly entertaining." -- The Santa Fe New Mexican

"[A] gritty, exhilarating portrait."  --BoweryBoysHistory.com


"Arthur ''Weegee'' Fellig was perhaps the perfect vehicle for defining and delivering the fear and wonder of the modern city to our American spirit. Journalist, artist, and huckster, Weegee stole shards of a New York through a camera lens, then reassembled the great city in a mosaic that somehow--despite a fair degree of fraud--still defines urbanity itself for us. We know the photographs, and now, with this biography from Christopher Bonanos, we can finally know something of the legendary, improbable, and much-caricatured man."--David Simon, creator of HBO''s The Wire and The Deuce



"Flash is a crackling portrait of a man and his era--as immediate and as alive as Weegee''s pictures themselves. Chris Bonanos vivifies not only his subject, but the long lost New York that he lived in, and that made him."--Daniel Okrent, New York Times bestselling author of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition



"Weegee, in addition to being one of the greatest photographers ever, was a cartoon character and something of a living myth. This has confused perception for the better part of eighty years. Christopher Bonanos''s nuanced and sympathetic account succeeds in merging those three aspects--not only was a lot of the bluster for real, but even the pure baloney was hard-won and contextually grounded. His is a sweet and melancholy book and a doorway into a mostly misremembered past."--Luc Sante, author of Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York


"There''s something about a car crash that makes people slow down as they pass by. The same is true of Weegee''s photos. Maybe I wouldn''t have liked to have known him, but it would''ve been interesting to have met him. And this fascinating biography by Christopher Bonanos brings to life the gritty old New York City where he lived and worked. He was a legendary character whose work inspired young hopefuls like myself." --Cindy Sherman, artist

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"Arthur ''Weegee'' Fellig was perhaps the perfect vehicle for defining and delivering the fear and wonder of the modern city to our American spirit. Journalist, artist, and huckster, Weegee stole shards of a New York through a camera lens, then reassembled the great city in a mosaic that somehow--despite a fair degree of fraud--still defines urbanity itself for us. We know the photographs, and now, with this biography from Christopher Bonanos, we can finally know something of the legendary, improbable, and much-caricatured man."  David Simoncreator of HBO''s The Wire and The Deuce


" Flash is a crackling portrait of a man and his era--as immediate and as alive as Weegee''s pictures themselves. Chris Bonanos vivifies not only his subject, but the long lost New York that he lived in, and that made him."  Daniel Okrent, New York Times bestselling author of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition


"Weegee, in addition to being one of the greatest photographers ever, was a cartoon character and something of a living myth. This has confused perception for the better part of eighty years. Christopher Bonanos''s nuanced and sympathetic account succeeds in merging those three aspects--not only was a lot of the bluster for real, but even the pure baloney was hard-won and contextually grounded. His is a sweet and melancholy book and a doorway into a mostly misremembered past."
Luc Sante, author of Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York

"There''s something about a car crash that makes people slow down as they pass by. The same is true of Weegee''s photos. Maybe I wouldn''t have liked to have known him, but it would''ve been interesting to have met him. And this fascinating biography by Christopher Bonanos brings to life the gritty old New York City where he lived and worked. He was a legendary character whose work inspired young hopefuls like myself."  Cindy Sherman, artist

About the Author

Christopher Bonanos is city editor at New York magazine, where he covers arts and culture and urban affairs. He is the author of Instant: The Story of Polaroid. He lives in New York City with his wife and their son.

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Danno
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We Only Thought We Knew Weegee
Reviewed in the United States on February 1, 2020
This is a well-written and vivid biography of one of the hardest-working professional photographers of the 20th Century. This is also the story of a man who was incredibly skilled at news photography and pursued what is now known as personal branding to an extreme degree,... See more
This is a well-written and vivid biography of one of the hardest-working professional photographers of the 20th Century. This is also the story of a man who was incredibly skilled at news photography and pursued what is now known as personal branding to an extreme degree, going from admirable hustler Arthur Fellig to boastful and overbearing Weegee. It''s a complex story, following Weegee''s rise from fairly low-status jobs in newspaper darkrooms to becoming the premier crime photographer in the United States in the 1940s, and then onwards to his seduction into Hollywood and his descent into trick photography and questionable outre projects.

Throughout, while author Christopher Bonanos gladly debunks many of Weegee''s oft-repeated self-mythologizing, he also lends a considerable amount of sympathy to a largely self-educated immigrant whose appearance, accent, and lack of WASP decorum led to him being a punchline to many mainstreamers even at the height of his fame. This never devolves into armchair psychoanalysis, but one gets the sense from reading this book that much of Weegee''s pushiness and misogyny were covers for a deep-seated loneliness. He certainly comes across as misunderstood, and seems to have been a man whose work was primarily his life.

Truth be told, Weegee is a very hard figure to get a handle on, and it hasn''t gotten easier with the many Weegee museum retrospectives over the past 20 years. But Bonanos is the first I''ve read who doesn''t try to make the claim that everything Weegee did was high art, or that he was the "American Brassai" or other high-sounding claims. Bonanos gives enough room in most chapters for Weegee to breathe, and places him within the context of changing trends in newspaper and magazine publication in the United States. I can''t say that I feel as though I finally know Weegee, but I certainly feel much closer to his essence than I did seeing his old photos at several gallery shows.

One important last note. While many Weegee photos are reproduced in this book, the reproductions themselves are not of the highest quality. This is a biography, not an art book. If you''re looking for a coffee table book of Weegee''s crime photos, you''ll have to go elsewhere. But if you''re looking for a true biography of the man, this is the only show in town.
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J. Lewis
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Weegee: the good, bad, and ugly
Reviewed in the United States on July 13, 2018
There are books I hate to end, and books I can’t wait to finish. This biography of Weegee the Famous, the groundbreaking press photographer turned charicature, belongs in a special category — books I thought I’d never finish. Not because the writing is bad. It’s not. But... See more
There are books I hate to end, and books I can’t wait to finish. This biography of Weegee the Famous, the groundbreaking press photographer turned charicature, belongs in a special category — books I thought I’d never finish. Not because the writing is bad. It’s not. But because the subject becomes so dissolute that you just want it to end. Weegee made the rules, then distorted and rewrote them, and finally just succumbed to his own press releases. Uplifting and sad at the same time. I could put it down ... but didn’t.
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Robert Thompson
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Bonanos the Famous
Reviewed in the United States on March 30, 2021
Simply put, this is a wonderful book. Extremely well written, comprehensive, not sympathetic but empathetic given the time period and environment that Weegee lived in. It’s so nice to read a truthful biography of someone from an earlier period without overlays of... See more
Simply put, this is a wonderful book. Extremely well written, comprehensive, not sympathetic but empathetic given the time period and environment that Weegee lived in. It’s so nice to read a truthful biography of someone from an earlier period without overlays of condescension based on “today’s standards”. Mr. Bonanos has crafted a true picture of a photography icon and documented the hard work and dedication he brought to becoming successful in a difficult environment. If you like pre and post WWII era NYC history, buy this book. If you like general photography history, buy this book. If you like street photography, buy this book NOW. If you just like a well written and researched biography, buy this book. If you’ve read this far, get the book. You won’t be disappointed!!
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phoenix
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Disappointing Biography
Reviewed in the United States on March 2, 2021
This is a disappointing book. Bonanos basically dumps his research notes which are considerable into a narrative he then smoothes over to make readable. There are plenty of facts about Weegee’s life, facts about individual photos and when and how they were taken, facts... See more
This is a disappointing book. Bonanos basically dumps his research notes which are considerable into a narrative he then smoothes over to make readable. There are plenty of facts about Weegee’s life, facts about individual photos and when and how they were taken, facts about the world Weegee came from. But there’s very little insight. The most telling comment in the book comes from Diane Arbus who said about Weegee: “He was SO good when he was good.” But she also said: “When he was bad he was pretty terrible.” Bonanos would have done well to have used his book to explain this perceptive comment. Especially now when there seems to be such a craze to hype Weegee. His book does nothing to dispel the hype.
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Clarke Dunham
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FLASH!---IT''S DOUBLY GREAT BECAUSE IT''S ALL TRUE!
Reviewed in the United States on August 18, 2021
It''s that true situation where "TRUTH is STRANGER than FICTION"! There''s a great movie based on this amazing tale as well as several more books, including Weegee''s own autobiography, and everything simply works to fill out more about Weegee''s amazing and touching story. A... See more
It''s that true situation where "TRUTH is STRANGER than FICTION"! There''s a great movie based on this amazing tale as well as several more books, including Weegee''s own autobiography, and everything simply works to fill out more about Weegee''s amazing and touching story. A warning though---this can all become extremely intoxicating! The truth is like that......
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John S
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A remarkable book!
Reviewed in the United States on August 16, 2018
Very well written,even though the city has changed into gated community,one can still go to the places that are mentioned in the book ,such as diners across from the old police hq. The book filled in much about Weegee''s life. So true that the myth created are him... See more
Very well written,even though the city has changed into gated community,one can still go to the places that are mentioned in the book ,such as diners across from the old police hq. The book filled in much about Weegee''s life. So true that the myth created are him alive.Excellent book!
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D. Green
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A great read for anyone interested in photography
Reviewed in the United States on August 9, 2018
I bought this book as a gift for my husband who is an acid photographer. He 8nreoduced me to Weegee’s photography’s many years ago. Bottom line, my husband enjoyed the book a lot...i
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Bruce Drake
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A good bio of Weegee that also gives a feel for the New York newspapers of the era
Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2018
A lot of good photos by Weegee in this volume and a well-researched book on his life and career, and snapshot ofd the news industry of the era
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Richard Belfry
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An excellent book!
Reviewed in Canada on May 24, 2021
I have almost finished this excellent book. It is a very entertaining look at a very interesting man living in interesting times. I have long been a fan of Weegee''s work. Highly recommend this book to his fans, those interested in the beginnings of photojournalism and of...See more
I have almost finished this excellent book. It is a very entertaining look at a very interesting man living in interesting times. I have long been a fan of Weegee''s work. Highly recommend this book to his fans, those interested in the beginnings of photojournalism and of early to mid century New York and Hollywood.
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