Horrible Distorted Portraits Of Celebrities As You’ve Never Seen Them

1950s, Queen Elizabeth II
Horrible Distorted Portraits Of Celebrities As You've Never Seen Them
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Photographs for “Distortions” series, a project that resulted in experimental portraits of celebrities and political figures.

As legend tells it, Arthur Fellig earned the nickname “Weegee” during his early career as a freelance press photographer in New York City. His apparent sixth sense for crime often led him to a scene well ahead of the police. Observers likened this sense, actually derived from tuning his radio to the police frequency, to the Ouija board, the popular fortune-telling game. Spelling it phonetically, Fellig took Weegee as his professional name.

In the late 1940s, Weegee began experimenting with photographic manipulation. His subjects were often film stars, world leaders both past and present, and figures of the art world. He even turned the camera upon himself.

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1960s, Andy Warhol
Horrible Distorted Portraits Of Celebrities As You've Never Seen Them
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April 17, 1961, Elizabeth Taylor
Horrible Distorted Portraits Of Celebrities As You've Never Seen Them
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1958, Brigitte Bardot
Horrible Distorted Portraits Of Celebrities As You've Never Seen Them
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Late 1950s, Mona Lisa
Horrible Distorted Portraits Of Celebrities As You've Never Seen Them
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ca.1965, Barbra Streisand
Horrible Distorted Portraits Of Celebrities As You've Never Seen Them
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ca. 1954, Marlon Brando
Horrible Distorted Portraits Of Celebrities As You've Never Seen Them
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1966, Mao Zedong
Horrible Distorted Portraits Of Celebrities As You've Never Seen Them
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c. 1960s, Judy Garland
Horrible Distorted Portraits Of Celebrities As You've Never Seen Them
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June 22, 1961, Fidel Castro
Horrible Distorted Portraits Of Celebrities As You've Never Seen Them
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c. 1960s, J. Edgar Hoover
Horrible Distorted Portraits Of Celebrities As You've Never Seen Them
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1950s, Audrey Hepburn
Horrible Distorted Portraits Of Celebrities As You've Never Seen Them
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circa 1960, Marilyn Monroe
Horrible Distorted Portraits Of Celebrities As You've Never Seen Them
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circa 1950, Weegee
Horrible Distorted Portraits Of Celebrities As You've Never Seen Them
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