Weegee’s London

Billions of eyes will be glued to coverage of the 2012 London Olympics during the upcoming weeks, but are unlikely to see anything like these warped images of the city taken by Weegee in the early 1960s:

Weegee, London, ca. 1960

Weegee, [Corner of Trafalgar Square and the Strand, London], October 11, 1960

Weegee, People flocking to the Tate Gallery, London, ca. 1960

Weegee, [Police officer on horseback, London], April 1, 1961

Weegee, a photographer distinctly identified with New York, traveled extensively in Europe between 1958 and 1968, and resided in London for most of 1960. He took on extremely diverse projects during this time, including: working for the London Daily Mirror as a society and royalty photographer; working freelance for Sunday GraphicTattler, Lilliput, and the Times of London; consulting on Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb;lecturing in the USSR; and publishing Weegee’s Creative Photography in 1964. Something of a precursor to the Apple Photobooth application, Creative Photography is a user’s guide to the inventive photographic “tricks” and funhouse mirror effects utilized in the images above.

Unidentified photographer, [Weegee standing in front of Big Ben, London] 1963

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