Weegee

Austrian-American, 1899–1968

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Weegee

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Austrian-American, 1899–1968

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Considered by some to have invented tabloid photojournalism, Weegee (a.k.a Arthur Fellig) is known for his unflinching images of gangs, crime scenes, and street life in New York City, as well as his snapshots of glamorous Hollywood stars. With a reputation for being the first at the scene of a crime, Fellig cultivated his own mythology, claiming he had psychic abilities to predict crimes, and adopted the name Weegee—linked phonetically to séance-cum-boardgame Ouija—to highlight his predictive abilities. In fact, Weegee would sleep fully clothed with a police radio by his side, and kept a camera, typewriter, and darkroom equipment in the trunk of his car, enabling him to produce images with unrivalled speed. Murders and fires, Weegee once said, were his “best sellers,” his “bread and butter.”

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Biography

Considered by some to have invented tabloid photojournalism, Weegee (a.k.a Arthur Fellig) is known for his unflinching images of gangs, crime scenes, and street life in New York City, as well as his snapshots of glamorous Hollywood stars. With a reputation for being the first at the scene of a crime, Fellig cultivated his own mythology, claiming he had psychic abilities to predict crimes, and adopted the name Weegee—linked phonetically to séance-cum-boardgame Ouija—to highlight his predictive abilities. In fact, Weegee would sleep fully clothed with a police radio by his side, and kept a camera, typewriter, and darkroom equipment in the trunk of his car, enabling him to produce images with unrivalled speed. Murders and fires, Weegee once said, were his “best sellers,” his “bread and butter.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
International Center of Photography (ICP)
Group
Group show at a major institution
Tate Modern, and 4 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Istanbul Biennial
Shows Featuring Weegee
Articles Featuring Weegee
6 Films Inspired by Famous Photographs, from “Moonlight” to “Her”
Jul 15th, 2019
6 Films Inspired by Famous Photographs, from “Moonlight” to “Her”
10 Iconic Photographers Who Immortalized the City Streets
Oct 5th, 2018
10 Iconic Photographers Who Immortalized the City Streets
10 Photographers Who Captured the Soul of New York City
Oct 10th, 2015
10 Photographers Who Captured the Soul of New York City
A Show of Self-Portraits in an Age of Selfies at Ricco/Maresca Gallery
Oct 2nd, 2015
A Show of Self-Portraits in an Age of Selfies at Ricco/Maresca Gallery
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