Weegee’s October Surprise (part 2): LBJ

Weegee (1899-1968), “Draft Johnson for President,” ca. 1968 (3015.1993)

Yesterday this great drawing and fun fact floated down by Twitter stream (while at lunch, of course, LBJ and PB&J):

There’s no evidence that Weegee’s caricatures of LBJ were sent to the White House. Here’s another fun fact: there are more Weegee photos of LBJ (approximately 272) than any other person (Marilyn Monroe might be in second place, with approximately 157 photos). This might reflect Weegee’s antipathy towards LBJ (and MM’s marketability). Weegee didn’t make the original photos; instead he transformed and distorted existing press photos, perhaps playfully and sometimes profoundly. Inspired, in part, by the quantity of LBJ distortions and the above tweet, here are six LBJ caricatures.

Weegee (1899-1968), [Lyndon B. Johnson distortion collage], ca. 1963-68, (7161.1993)

Weegee (1899-1968), [Lyndon Baines Johnson (distortion)], ca. 1965-68 (11293.1993)

Weegee (1899-1968), “Pres. Johnson,” ca. 1965-68 (11206.1993)

Weegee (1899-1968), “Pres. Johnson,” ca. 1965-68 (11205.1993)

Weegee (1899-1968), “President Johnson – U.S.A.” ca. 1965-68 (11167.1993)

Weegee Wednesday is an occasional series exploring, or just enjoying, the life and work of Weegee.

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