Photographs by Weegee. Text by Luc Sante and Cynthia Young.
Steidl / ICP,
Gottingen / New York,
160 pp., 120 duotone illustrations, 9x11".
The viewing public’s image of Weegee is of the prototypical New York tabloid
news photographer: tough, garrulous and on the scene, ready to cover two
murders in one night. But the inventive Jewish immigrant Arthur Fellig (1899-
1968), who assumed the self-mocking nickname Weegee, was also one of the
most original and creative photographers of the twentieth century. His work
for The New York Times, the Herald Tribune, World-Telegram, Daily News, Post,
Journal-American, and Sun, his images of the masses at Coney Island, the confrontation
of wealth and poverty at the opening night at the opera, and the
aftermath of brutal crime scenes are, by now, classics. But beyond the iconic
images that have been so widely circulated, what do we know of Weegee the
photographer—his history, his methods, his meaning? Drawing on ICP’s
unique archive of nearly 20,000 prints by this celebrated master, Unknown
Weegee presents 120 photographs that have never been made available to the
public. They reveal a politically astute and witty social critic, and attest to the
seriousness and self-consciousness of his photographic endeavors. With essays
by Luc Sante and ICP curator Cynthia Young.
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