Strange Days, Dangerous Nights
Photos from the Speed Graphic Era
ISBN10: 0873515048 ISBN13: 9780873515047 Contributors: Sandford, John (Foreword) Publisher: Borealis Books Published: Oct 1 2004 Pages: 218 Weight: 3.25lbs. Height: 11.00" Width: 10.00" Depth: 1.00" Language: English
Fat men's races and fall-out shelters, murder victims and loose women, cheerleaders and immigrants, celebrities and children in distress were just some of the urban curiosities splashed across the pages of city newspapers during the Speed Graphic era (1930s-1950s). Championed by acclaimed news photographers like Arthur Fellig (a.k.a. Weegee), the Speed Graphic camera produced a new visual style that was as blunt, powerful, and immediate as a left hook.
Driven by the desire to fill newspaper pages with sensational images, press photographers shot everything, day and night: automobile accidents, fires, murders, all the cop news that fought for a hot spot on the Front Page. And they covered uncounted numbers of social affairs--pictures called "grip-and-grins" in the trade: school events, sports, celebrities, oddities both of nature and humanity.