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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 like A because it is not only an interesting and beautiful photograph, but it was taken at a real event and represents what Weegee was famous for.

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jemarsh2 - 9.8.2013 - 4:39 PM
B is Better

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Mark - 9.8.2013 - 4:06 PM
A - We think it's cool.

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BP - 9.8.2013 - 3:15 PM
I vote for A. It's more interesting to see Weegee's portraits of New York and the people who live there than of himself. He was known, I believe, more for the former than the latter, and his unusual and gritty images were a new contribution to the city's perception of itself and by others.

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B B - 9.8.2013 - 2:56 PM
i vote Buncanny, surreal, full of humor.

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yael - 9.8.2013 - 1:43 PM
A - as shows the drama and the relief beyond the dark

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Thomas T - 9.8.2013 - 1:42 PM
A!

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Anonymous - 9.8.2013 - 12:27 PM
A because its realism trumps B's staging.

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Greg - 9.8.2013 - 12:14 PM
A, definitely. Weegee's crime and nighttime shots define him and the witty title to this work is an added bonus. We've all seen stuff like the mannequins image from other photographers, including those who worked before Weegee's heyday.

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JoAnn - 9.8.2013 - 12:11 PM
I'm for B. The Self-Portrait gives us both Weegee himself AND his thoughts.

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JC - 9.7.2013 - 7:33 PM
My vote is for B. It's arresting, puzzling at first, really well composed, funny; and we see Fellig in a manic moment.

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Ted - 9.7.2013 - 4:27 PM
A. B is basically a joke that will seem less interesting on subsequent viewings.

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Anonymous - 9.7.2013 - 1:59 PM
B - ha

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Kelly - 9.7.2013 - 12:23 PM
I like A (Even Saved the Violin). The photograph suggests the light and dark in life, encouraging us to place experiences in perspective. Can we transcend the bleak? Can we appreciate the living beings and our interactions? What are our priorities?

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Inez - 9.7.2013 - 12:00 PM
why not have both? buy one and enyter into an af\greemeny with the owner of the other to exchange every six months or every year

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jacques - 9.7.2013 - 11:51 AM
B. A thousand times B. He captures Hollyweird from a NY perspective.

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Vincent - 9.7.2013 - 11:25 AM
Absolutely B. What an amazing photo! It really shows what a character Weegee was.

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Clare - 9.7.2013 - 11:24 AM
B, of course. Not just because it is my initial, either. It just wails!

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BigBunny - 9.6.2013 - 7:29 PM
B!!! It's stagey, lascivious and hysterical.

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Mille - 9.6.2013 - 7:28 PM
I say B --it is quirky and funny, contrast between this sing "Move Stars!" Major Studio! and this car interior. And then there's the mysterious real woman.

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Carla - 9.6.2013 - 7:17 PM

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