Weegee, ‘American Girl’, 1953, Caviar20
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Weegee

American Girl, 1953

Gelatin silver print
7 1/2 × 7 1/2 in
19.1 × 19.1 cm
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Location
Toronto
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Caviar20
Toronto

Weegee produced a complex and compelling body of work in the last twenty years of his life. This …

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Hand-signed by artist, Titled in blue ink Two hand stamps (verso) and numbered '1862' in pencil (verso)
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Weegee
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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Weegee produced a complex and compelling body of work in the last twenty years of his life. This artwork and the photographs made during this period cement Weegee's position as one of the unique figures in 20th century art.

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Good condition
Signature
Hand-signed by artist, Titled in blue ink Two hand stamps (verso) and numbered '1862' in pencil (verso)
Certificate of authenticity
Included
Frame
Not included
Weegee
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.”

Weegee

American Girl, 1953

Gelatin silver print
7 1/2 × 7 1/2 in
19.1 × 19.1 cm
.
Sold
Location
Toronto
Certificate
Certificate of authenticity
This work includes a certificate of authenticity.
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
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