Photographs by Weegee.
Steidl ICP, 2012. 236 pp., illustrated throughout, 6¾x9½".
When Naked City was published in 1945, it was an instant success and inspired a Hollywood film. Naked City is Weegee’s unflinching look at his beloved New York City through photos by turns ironic, hilarious, seamy and brutal. Photographing the city at all hours and in all its guises, Weegee created a thrilling, lonely and candid portrait, and a style that was to inspire younger photographers, not least Diane Arbus. Steidl’s facsimile of Naked City carefully recreates the original book, bringing to life an object that is in form and spirit as close as possible to the first edition, and of which Weegee would be proud.
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