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Weegee camera magic

Weegee was the pseudonym of Arthur Fellig, a photographer and photojournalist, known for his black and white street photography. Weegee worked in Manhattan, New York City's Lower East Side, as a press photographer during the 1930s and 1940s, and he developed his signature style by following the city's emergency services and documenting their activity. Much of his work depicted unflinchingly realistic scenes of urban life, crime, injury and death. He also experimented a lot with lenses and achieved peculiar effects with special lenses that comically distorted the image. In 1955 Castle Films produced a 8-mm movie called “ Weege’s Camera Magic”, a demonstration of various camera tricks, including some examples like “stretch” automobiles and “crying” Mona Lisa. The film is in black and white but it has also been released in color and it is contained inside a light blue metal box of 18,2 cm diameter, marked with number 3.