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Naked Hollywood: Weegee in Los Angeles Hardcover – November 3, 2011

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Richard Meyer is associate professor of art history and fine arts at the University of Southern California, where he directs The Contemporary Project, an initiative to forge new dialogues between the academy and the art world. He is the author of Outlaw Representation: Censorship and Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century American Art, which received the Charles Eldredge Prize for Outstanding Scholarship from the Smithsonian American Art Museum. 
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Skira Rizzoli; 1St Edition edition (November 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847837629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847837625
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 0.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #542,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jose Sierra on March 9, 2012
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I just attended two photo shows in NYC: WeeGee's "My business is Murder" and the "Radical photographers" exhibit at the Jewish Museum. Both are excellent and well curated. Riding this B&W and WeeGee wave I ordered the "Naked Hollywood" book to see what WeeGee had done on the WQest Coast and was somewhat disappointed. It consists, mainly, of reproductions of vintage publications rather than actual photos printed for this book. IMHO, quality varies and some are too small ( reproductions!) to really appreciate. Still, it's another look at WeeGee's work so it's always enjoyable;I just expected better.
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Despite a beautiful production I think this book is really only of interest to dedicated Weegee fans. The contents only go to prove that he didn't do anything in Hollywood comparable to his gritty and amazing New York creative output. However there is plenty in the book for his fans.

There is a complete, same size, page-by-page facsimile of his Naked Hollywood book. The Berkeley paperback edition from 1955 (with fewer pages and some different photos from the 1953 hardback) printed on cheap paper and really, I think, the contents are pretty cheap, too. The photos are nothing special and the brief captions are meant to suggest the book is a satire on Hollywood but it all seems very lightweight.

After Naked... there is an interesting Archive chapter that reproduces several magazine articles based on Weegee's California output. The photo distortions of the stars and celebrities snaps were perfect material for the down-market pulp magazines. The last few pages have a detailed Chronology of Weegee's life and an excellent listing and short analysis of the movies he worked on.

The book was produced in collaboration with an exhibition at the LA based Museum of Contemporary Art and is certainly a handsome production. Printed on a matt art with a three hundred screen with the Naked Hollywood facsimile section printed in four color (to retain the cheap paper look of the original) and I think the black and white photos throughout the book are printed four color too. As I said though the book is really for his fans, others should stick to his New York work.
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Lots of material I had never seen before. In a previous review Robin gives you a good rundown of the photos in the book.

This book said Weegee's original Naked Hollywood was done as a photographic satire. I think Weegee was most successful in that quest.

While it is kinda disappointing that the reproduction of the original book was done in the way it was, I guess there was not much choice. If all they had was a 1955 .35 cent vintage paperback that had yellowed with age to draw from, they did the best they could with the material at hand. Outstanding addition to any Weegee collection.
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