Flash is Christopher Bonanos' (city editor at New York Magazine and author of Instant: The Story of Polaroid) portrait of the elusive Arthur Fellig, or Weegee the Famous—a photographer, psychic, and pioneer.
Now Christopher Bonanos’s Flash: The Making of Weegee the Famous has displaced a host of fragmentary recollections and the loudmouthed, unreliable memoir, Weegee by Weegee, published in 1961. Bonanos resurrects the inky roar of this world with a fine, nervy lip ... Weegee and his world don't encourage minimalism, and, fifty years after his death, he has at last acquired a biographer who can keep up with him.
Mr. Bonanos’s shoe-leather reporting is especially welcome since many of the stories Weegee told about his exploits were dubious, and some were contradictory ... My one criticism of Flash is that it doesn’t explore Weegee’s penchant for flouting the assumption that people are entitled to their privacy.
... Weegee receives a warm and sympathetic treatment in Flash: The Making of Weegee the Famous, an outstanding biography by New York magazine staff editor Christopher Bonanos ... Flash is a superior work of biography, largely because Bonanos is clear-eyed about his subject’s less attractive traits — his lechery, misogyny and free-and-easy way with the truth — while conveying affection for the man’s brio and essential sweetness.