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Monday, December 22, 2008

Weegee's world

I thought Weegee was a standard mainstay for those interested in photography and/or art, but apparently not. Allow me to share for those who don't know.

Weegee (nee Arthur Fellig) was one of the first photographer's to document crime scenes in New York City, back in the wild days of the 30's and 40's when the mob was knocking people off left and right. He is a huge influence on a number of notable modern photographers.

"In 1938, Fellig was the only New York newspaper reporter with a permit to have a portable police-band shortwave radio. He maintained a complete darkroom in the trunk of his car, to expedite getting his free-lance product to the newspapers. Weegee worked mostly at night; he listened closely to broadcasts and often beat authorities to the scene." *

Weegee's stark black and white's documented grimey city life like no one before him, and almost none after.

To find out more about Weegee hop on the google train. There isnt one cohesive website for him, since he was in the ground 30 years before the internet got big.

*This quote was borrowed directly from Wikipedia.

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