Lot Details

Vintage print.

Weegee (1899-1968) was the pseudonym for Arthur Fellig. He was born in 1899 in Poland by the name Usher Fellig, changing his name when he emigrated with his family in New York in 1909, fleeing antisemitism sentiment in Europe. As a young man, he happened upon an advertisement in a mail order catalogue for a tintype camera and ordered it on a whim. Within several years, Fellig had found a job working in the darkroom for Acme Newspapers. Thrilled by the excitement of the world of journalism, he began to work as a freelance news photographer, gaining a reputation for being the first person on the scene of a crime or accident. He fueled his persona by claiming to have psychic powers that allowed him to predict crimes before they happened and adopted the name Weegee, a phonetic version of Ouija in reference to this ability. In actuality, he would sleep fully clothed with a police radio switched on at his bedside. His camera, typewriter, and even the equipment of a complete darkroom were stowed in the trunk of his car, allowing him to bring photographs and a finished story to his editors with uncanny speed. His best known photographs are those documenting street life in New York City with a candid and unflinching vision. In 1943 the Museum of Modern Art included several of his photographs in an exhibition, and his work was subsequently included in another MoMA show organized by Edward Steichen. Weegee also lectured at the New School and worked on assignment for Life, Vogue, and other publications.

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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Surface Cracking
Area: Margin
Location: Other location
Notes: Very fine, hairline cracks in the margin at the corners of the print.
Degree: Minor

Definition Key
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.

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.

  • Ships From: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.32 cm.)
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