(noun) nonchalant absurdity with a dash of embarrassment.

(verb) to be shark bitten.

(adverb) in a manner that is nonchalantly absurd and embarrassing.

03 January 2012

NAKED HOLLYWOOD: Weegee in Los Angeles @ MOCA


[MUSEUM TEXT]In addition to photographing movie premieres and award ceremonies, Weegee attended to the decidedly less alluring realities of Hollywood. Everyday people and places––a woman reading the newspaper while sitting in the window of a bank, a tiny laundromat called "The Wee Cleaners"––attracted his attention no less than did Joan Crawford and Clark Gable.

Weegee was particularly interested in commercial signage and Hollywood advertising, the language of which he sometimes doctored of recombined to humorous effect. One photograph of an electric sign, for example, announces the availability of "Hot Beer and Lousy Food," while another promotes the unlikely combination of an "Emergency Hospital," "Home Cooked Meals," and a "Colonics" service.

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