Weegee, ‘At a Jazz Club’, 1948, Heritage Auctions
Weegee, ‘At a Jazz Club’, 1948, Heritage Auctions

Condition Report: Sheet measures 13-7/8 x 11 inches; hinged along top corners verso to board measuring 20 x 16 inches; moderate foxing to the mat; silver mirroring to the edges, folding creases, surface grime, bumps, and loss; to the corners; one folding crease approximately 5 inches long to the lower left; various handling creases and indentations throughout the image; a collection of thin scratches extending 5 inches long along the lower right edge visible in raking light.

Signature: The photographer's stamp on verso

Image rights: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

About Weegee

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.”

Austrian-American, 1899-1968, Zolochiv, Ukraine, based in New York, New York