The photography of Weegee

July 16, 2006


Sorry for the lack of posts lately. I’m still hungover from Friday night. I barely went to work on Saturday and I didn’t want the weekend to be a complete waste so I headed to the library on Sunday to do some research for a project which I won’t describe just yet. (Keeping it “hush-hush” for now 😉 )

While rummaging through photography books and catalogues, I managed to find interesting photography from a great photographer named Arthur Fellig. Arthur Fellig, otherwise known as Weegee, contributed images of murder, mayhem, and drama to New York’s press through the 1930’s and 40’s. Weegee derived his name from the phonetic spelling of Ouija, claiming that psychic powers enabled him to be the first at crime scenes, fires, etc.


Weegee’s photography is widely acclaimed and respected in both the art and journalism communities. Weegee’s first published work, Naked City (1945), became the inspiration for the 1948 movie, Naked City, and later the title of a TV drama series. He had no formal photographic training but was a self-taught photographer and relentless self-promoter. He was later included in many MoMA shows, and he lectured at the New School for Social Research. He also undertook advertising and editorial assignments for Life and Vogue magazines, among others.


Not bad for a man who maintained a complete darkroom in his trunk of his car. Seriously. Legends such as Stanley Kubrick and Joe Pesci were influenced by the American photographer. Click here for more photos of Weegee’s work.


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