WEEGEE 'TIGER JUMP" PHOTOGRAPH
Photographer. Artist. Photojournalist.
Whichever way you try to categorize Weegee (1899-1968), the more you know about him, the more difficult it is contain him within a single definition.
How does a photographer known for his unflinching dramatic images of New York City transition to creating photographs that celebrate process, experimentation, abstraction and well good old American fun?
He moves to Los Angeles.
In L.A. Weegee's relationship with photography undergoes a radical shift. He begins experimentations in abstraction, distortions and disrupts the photo development process. Most importantly he virtually abandons any affiliation with photojournalism. (To see an example of one of his abstractions, click here.)
This work, "Tiger Jump" is an ideal bridge between his New York works and his non-figural and experimental creations done in California. While it documents an impressive and lively circus animal and the adoring crowd, Weegee plays with the development of the image.
Is this work actually two images (one being the audience, the second the tiger) superimposed?
This is an ideal image of Weegee's mid-century photography; it has a documentary element yet there is a great deal of experimentation and artistry inherent.
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Provenance: From the Collection of Hugh and Suzanne Johnston, Princeton, New Jersey
Gelatin silver print
USA, circa 1955