Weegee and Peter Sellers, 1963

The image above shows Peter Sellers on the set of Stanley Kubrick’s film Dr Strangelove (1964), immediately after shooting a pie-fight finale that would eventually be cut from the film before its release. Sellers’ companion is the photographer Arthur Fellig – aka Weegee– who made his name photographing grisly murder scenes, suicides and arrests for the New York tabloids. Kubrick had met Weegee during his own early career as a photojournalist in the 1940s, and he invited him to be a consultant on Dr Strangelove and take flash pictures on set. “Kubrick admired Weegee’s in-your-face tabloid images,” says John O’Brian, a professor of visual arts and curator of a new exhibition – “Strangelove’s Weegee” – at Vancouver’s Presentation House Gallery.


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