Comegys: Five Decades of Photography
For nearly 50 years News Journal photographer Fred Comegys has reflected local life through distinctive images. Take a peek at Delaware Art Museum's exhibition of his work.
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“Big Nose Sammy was just one of the characters when (The News Journal office) was in town. He had a paper stand right down on our same block. There were three characters in Wilmington: Jake the Broom Man, Big Nose Sammy and Herbie the Paper Boy. I shot Sammy four or five times. Those guys, I’m not always sure what they were thinking. I’m not saying he had all his marbles, but he wasn’t ignorant or dumb. He was sharper than what you probably gave him credit for.”
Gloria Swanson, 1971. “I hadn’t been a photographer that long. We were in her room at the Hotel du Pont. She wasn’t real friendly, as I remember. She was older, then. I think she was a little self-conscious about that, and she was worried about the kind of picture that I was going to get. I saw the mirror there and thought that would be kind of cool. That picture won some kind of contest.”
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