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Weegee


At The Palace Theatre, NYC, 1945

Born Arthur Fellig in the Ukraine in 1899; emigrated to the US in 1910. Died in 1968.

Known for:
Photographs of the New York City demimonde: gangsters and their victims, Bowery bums, nightclub denizens, transvestites in paddy wagons, tenement dwellers, street sleepers, car wrecks, and crowds at Coney Island.

Most Popular Images:
the critic Tenement Sleepers(1940s), Their First Murder (1941),
Crowd at Coney Island, 89 degrees(1940), many others.

Did you know ... ?
• Weegee began his career as a photographer taking pictures of children in the Lower East Side neighborhood where he lived and selling the pictures to their parents. He used his earnings to supplement his "other" career as a violinist.
• One of his first jobs involved removing excess water from prints in the darkroom at the New York Times, for which he was called "Squeegee Boy"...which eventually became "Weegee" (and which he pronounced "Wee-chee"!)
• Weegee had a police radio in his room so that he would be alerted to accidents and crimes when they were reported -- and would thus be the first photographer on the scene to capture them.
• Weegee used infrared negative film to photograph people in the dark at theatres and opera houses in the 1940s.

Quote:
"To me a photograph is a page from life, and that being the case, it must be real."

General Format:
Black and white silver gelatin prints, various sizes.

Prices:
$950 - $1,750 and up

How are the photographs printed and signed?
Most of Weegee's early photographs (prior to the mid 1950s) were developed by the photographer himself, though later ones were printed by the news agencies to whom he sold his negatives.

Vintage:
Nearly all of the Weegee photographs for sale were printed during the photographer's lifetime. Vintage means that the print date is at or near the same time as the negative date.

Technical Information:
"The only camera I use is a 4x5 Speed Graphic with a Kodak Ektar lens in a Supermatic shutter, all American made. I always use a flash bulb for my pictures, which are mostly taken at night. I work alone and don't use extension lights, tripods, or exposure meters. I get snappy results from using Number 3 enlarging paper. " (from Naked City)

Books:
Weegee's World $75.00

Availability:
A Gallery for Fine Photography has a good selection of Weegee's photographs.

Authenticity is guaranteed. Prices and availability are subject to change without prior notice.

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