Weegee  (American, 1899-1968) 

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Weegee (American, born June 12, 1899–died December 26, 1968) was the pseudonym of Austrian-born photographer Arthur Fellig. After moving to the United States in 1910, Weegee worked as an assistant to a commercial photographer and as a darkroom technician. In 1935, he became a freelance press photographer, taking pictures at night of the underbelly of New York City: crime scenes, fires, and gawking bystanders. His tendency to be the first on the scene, even before police or other authorities, earned him his pseudonym, which he adopted from the Ouija board game. In 1945, Weegee published a collection of his photographs as his first book, called Naked City. The same year, Edward Steichen (American, 1879–1973)—who was the director of photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York at the time—included Weegee's work in one of the Museum's exhibitions. The monetary success of the book enabled Weegee to travel to Hollywood, where he began shooting portraits of famous film actors and actresses. In 1953, he published Naked Hollywood, as a collection of these images. Weegee published multiple books throughout his career as a photographer, and his style and subject matter influenced later photographers, such as Diane Arbus (American, 1923-1971) . Weegee's work has been exhibited at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the International Center of Photography in New York, the Michael Hoppen Gallery in London, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art, among others institutions.

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Weegee, Rent Party in Greenwich

 

Weegee
Rent Party in Greenwich
circa 1950

Feroz Galerie
Weegee, Milwaukee (Woman knocked over in a brawl)

 

Weegee
Milwaukee (Woman knocked over in a brawl)
1948

Auction: Apr 26, 2014
Santa Monica Auctions
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Weegee, Stripper in a Dressing Room

 

Weegee
Stripper in a Dressing Room
1950

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Santa Monica Auctions
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Weegee, Marilyn Monroe

 

Weegee
Marilyn Monroe
1960

Fifty One Fine Art Photography
Weegee, Mrs. George Washington Kavanaugh at the Metropolitan Opera, 1943

 

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Mrs. George Washington Kavanaugh at the Metropolitan Opera, 1943
Steven Kasher Gallery
Weegee, Billie Dauscha and Mabel Sidney, Bowery Entertainers

 

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Billie Dauscha and Mabel Sidney, Bowery Entertainers
1944

Steven Kasher Gallery
Weegee, Resourceful Girl Manages to Watch Man on the Flying Trapeze and Feed Hot Dog to Escort at Same Time

 

Weegee
Resourceful Girl Manages to Watch Man on the Flying Trapeze and Feed Hot Dog to Escort at Same Time
1943

Steven Kasher Gallery
Weegee, Girls Laughing at a Movie

 

Weegee
Girls Laughing at a Movie
circa 1943

Steven Kasher Gallery
Weegee, Calypso

 

Weegee
Calypso
circa 1945

Steven Kasher Gallery
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Weegee, You'll Find it Over There, Madam

 

Weegee
You'll Find it Over There, Madam, 1960
gelatin silver print

 

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Weegee, Children Palace Theater

 

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Children Palace Theater
gelatin silver print

 

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Weegee, At Sammy's on the Bowery

 

Weegee
At Sammy's on the Bowery, 1944
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1899   Born: Zloczow, Austria (now Lviv, Ukraine)
1910   Emigrated to the USA
1924   Worked as a dark-room technician with Acme Newspictures (later United Press International Photos)
1935   Became a freelance photographer
1945   Published his first book, Naked City
Gained the professional approbation of Edward Steichen, then Director of Photography at MOMA, New York
1953   Published Naked Hollywood
1968   Died: New York, NY
2013   Weegee The Famous Photography - Ludwig Galerie - Schloß Oberhausen, Oberhausen
Weegee. Murder is my business - Palazzo Magnani, Reggio Emilia
The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League, 1936-1951 - Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL
[blv] 5, Finir En Beauté - Musée Nicéphore Niépce, Chalon sur Saône
2012   Weegee - Murder is My Business - Fotomuseum Antwerpen, Antwerp
Weegee: Murder Is My Business - ICP - International Center of Photography, New York City, NY
Weegee: Naked City - Steven Kasher Gallery, New York City, NY
2011   Weegee - Retrosektive 1932 - 1960 - WestLicht. Schauplatz für Fotografie, Vienna
Weegee - Naked Hollywood - MOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
2010   Shots in the Dark: Photos by Weegee the Famous - Indianapolis Museum of Art - IMA, Indianapolis, IN
2009   Weegee from the Berinson’s Collection - National Museum in Cracow / Muzeum Narodowe w Krakowie, Krakow, Poland
2007   Weegee - Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
Weegee - Musée Maillol - Fondation Dina Vierny, Paris, France (solo)
Weegees Story - C/O Berlin, Berlin, Germany
2006   Unknown Weegee - ICP - International Center of Photography, New York City, NY (solo)
2005   I Wanna Be Loved by You: Photographs of Marilyn Monroe from the Leon and Michaela Constantiner Collection, Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY
2004   Ubu Gallery: Weegee’s Story, NY
2000   Reflections in a Glass Eye: Works from the International Center of Photography Collection, International Center of Photography, NY
1998   Counter Culture: The Diner in America, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY
1998   Vintage New York | Early and vintage photographs, Leica Gallery, New York, NY
1998   Flashback: The Fifties, Bonnie Benrubi Gallery, New York, NY
1997   Weegee's World: Life, Death and the Human Drama, International Center of Photography, New York, NY
1997   Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A., A potpourri of images of Brooklyn, Bonnie Benrubi Gallery, New York, NY
1997   Someone else with my fingerprints, A photography exhibition curated by the German collector Wilhelm Schurmann, David Zwirner Gallery, New York, NY
1996   delirium, Curated by W. M. Hunt, Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York, NY
1996   Summer Salon III (Pictures We Like), Bonnie Benrubi Gallery, New York, NY
  MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art - LACMA, Los Angeles, CA
ICP - International Center of Photography, New York City, NY
Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland
Yokohama Museum of Art, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Japan
Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, QLD, Australia