Thursday, September 30, 2010

YouTube - Know Your Meme: Weegee

YouTube - Know Your Meme: Weegee

I was watching Weird Al throw his DVD into a pool, phone assisted customer service isn't what it used to be, and then a "Know Your Meme" about AutoTune software, from "Rocketboom" and he explained the rise and fall of AutoTune, used to find oil in oil prospecting and came to this other "meme" "Weegee" which comes from Super Mario apparently.

Another "Weegee" was a noted crime-scene photographer in NYC and a friend of Stanley Kubrick, also a photographer for the press. He was given a police radio and was at so many crime scenes "mysteriously" that he became known as "Weegee" after the supposed future-telling parlor game board "Ouija" to explain his uncanny ability.

I was intrigued by an IMDb listing of him in the Stanley Kubrick "Dr. Strangelove" in "Special Effects" uncredited. I've also gone "frame by frame" on a trailer for the film from here online. There is a still "frame" of Stanley Kubrick and one of "Weegee" on the trailer. It's noted now (through his widow and others) that he did, in his off hours, when not processing crime scene newspaper shots, experiment with different lensing, enlarger and developer effects, a collection of his photos are in England, at the moment I can't recall where but kept with a legitimate film society. I guess him and "Kubrick" which is also a type of thick cut-out doll in Japan, were friends.

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