Weegee poster - Lovers with 3-D Glasses at the Palace Theatre (Infra-red), 1943 (ref 10)
A2 (594mm x 420mm)
‘The editor called me into his office, and said “Weegee, I want you to go to a movie theatre and photograph the people as they are eating, sleeping and making love.” There was only one area where I could do this … the West Forty-second Street “jungle” where there are all-night movies … I pride myself on reality. Even in a movie. I wanted the love to be real, to come right from the heart and soul … Every time I heard a sigh or a groan in the dark, I pushed the button. I got some very good pictures, but not enough. I decided to try a new angle.
It was a $300 assignment, with me keeping the resale rights, so I decided that I had better help the realism along … I got a model, a girl, and gave her instructions. I said, “Look dearie, make like a chippy.” She did; she already had a peek-a-boo dress. Then I went to the Art Students’ League for a guy. I took these two to the movie theatre and told them to sit in the rear of the balcony. I said. “Don’t look at the camera, and don’t laugh. Just make love.” … After awhile, I got my pictures. When I had finished shooting, I said they could go home. They did … together. I had started a romance.’
(from Weegee by Weegee)