A Night at the Opera

Weegee's wartime snapshot was widely seen as social criticism, but it was, in fact, a farce

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"After mail call one day Shot was seen with an unusual number of letters. Our curiosity was aroused. When the mail was opened, newspaper clippings fell all over the floor....The clippings all related to the current opening of the Metropolitan Opera, where Shot's grandmother was immortalized by many photographs in her tiara, bracelets and ermine. Shot was mortified as we all hooted with delight."

Three years later, when The Critic was taken, Grandmother was still up to her old tricks. On some points, the camera doesn't lie. Weegee faked it, but what a shot. Shot faked it, but what a tale.


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