Thursday, 4 November 2010

Voyeurism and Desire

Weegee (Arthur Fellig)
Lovers at the Movies (detail), c1940

Weegee (Arthur Fellig)
Lovers at the Movies (detail) c1940

These photographs look openly at intimate acts made without the knowledge or permission of the subjects.  Weegee’s use of a dark background with subjects in bright light reveals his unique use of flash, key to the striking effect of his photographs. There is just enough light to see the spectators in the background and how some of them are drawn to intimacy.
The pictures place me in a position where I feel I shouldn't be looking, this thought appears to be mimicked by a man sitting a row behind the couple as he shelters his face with one hand. 

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