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Works by iconic photographer Weegee to present a historical arc of photojournalism at Art Fair Philippines 2018
A selection of photographs by 20th century press photographer Arthur Fellig, more popularly known as Weegee, will be a part of ArtFairPH/Photo, Art Fair Philippines’ newest section dedicated to photography, from March 1-4 at The Link carpark in Makati City.
Featuring exhibition prints from the 1930s to the 1940s, with loans from the collection of New York-based International Center of Photography (ICP), the selection provides a chapter in the historical arc of photojournalism. The works to be presented include a sampling of images that evidence the iconic photographer’s standard-setting eye for sensational images.
Weegee, a self-taught photographer, is most known for his stark black and white street photography that capture the sordid aftermath of street crime. He based his work around police headquarters in New York, selling his photos of news events to publications such as New York Post, Herald Tribune, and Daily News. His nickname, a phonetic spelling of the board game Ouija, was a reference to his uncanny ability to arrive at crimes scenes with his camera ahead of the police.
He eventually developed a broader scope for his work to include photographs of movie stars and their stylish night-outs, the day-to- day lives of street-dwelling New Yorkers, and intimate encounters among people.
His career in photography, which started when he was 14 years old, earned the respect not only by his colleagues in the media but also the fine-art community during his lifetime. His photographs began appearing outside the mainstream press in the 1940s when the Museum of Modern Art started collecting and exhibiting his work in 1943.
ICP Collections Manager James Kopp will provide a presentation on Weegee for more insights on his works. He will be joined by Philippine photojournalists Ezra Acayan and Raffy Lerma for a discussion of their coverage of the night beat and the critical importance of the camera in bearing witness and keeping a visual record of events. Both Acayan and Lerma are members of an informal collective of photojournalists that formed in the early months of the Philippine drug war. Schedule and venue for the talk will be announced soon on Art Fair Philippines’ website and social media accounts.
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To increase awareness for photography as a form of contemporary art and to expand its collectability among Filipinos, Art Fair Philippines 2018, happening on March 1 to 4 at The Link carpark in Makati City, is introducing a new section, the ARTFAIRPH/PHOTO, presented by Swiss private bank Julius Baer.
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