Lot Details

Image size is 9.5 x 7.5 inches (24.1 x 19.1 cm). Paper size is 10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm).

A woman exiting an apartment building while covering her face during a gambling raid in Manhattan. Previously in the collection of PM Magazine archive. Red Arthur Fellig stamp visible under label.

As legend tells it, Arthur Fellig earned the nickname Weegee during his early career as a freelance press photographer in New York City. His apparent sixth sense for crime often led him to a scene well ahead of the police. Observers likened this sense, actually derived from tuning his radio to the police frequency, to the Ouija board, the popular fortune-telling game. Spelling it phonetically, Fellig took Weegee as his professional name. With his subjects ranging from wild-eyed adolescent onlookers at a late night gangland slaying to glassy-eyed starlets at Hollywood movie premieres, Weegee could be considered one of the first ambulance chasers. He was as flamboyant as some of his subjects, creating his own mythology, reveling in his own notoriety as well as that of his subjects, and even stamping the backs of his pictures with "Credit Photo by Weegee the Famous." Weegee also worked in Hollywood as a filmmaker, performer, and technical consultant. His 1945 book Naked City was the inspiration for the 1947 film of the same name. The Public Eye (1992), starring Joe Pesci, was based on the man himself. [getty.edu]

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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Tears / Punctures / Holes
Area: Margin
Location: Upper right, Upper left, Lower left
Notes: Minor clean tears of the upper left, upper right, and lower left corners in the margin only. Two minor repaired tears in lower right corner and top center, reinforced in the back and very subtle.
Degree: Minor

Definition Key
Area
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.



Degree
Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

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Provenance:
  • PM Magazine archive
  • Pickup Location: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.5 in. (24.13 x 19.05 cm.)
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