Weegee, ‘Cadillac distortion’, circa 1951, Heritage Auctions
Weegee, ‘Cadillac distortion’, circa 1951, Heritage Auctions

Condition Report: Sheet measures 11 x 14 inches; unmounted; not framed; silver mirroring along the edges; bumps and;creases with wear;to the corners and in the margins, most notably a 3-1/2 inch crease to the upper margin, not affecting the image; one folding crease to the lower right corner; one 1/2 inch crease to the upper center margin, extending into the image; approximately four half moon creases, two in the lower half and two in the right half; small, scattered indentations; one spot of surface grime.

Signature: The photographer's Weegee The Famous 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