Weegee, ‘Double Feature’, 1948, Be-hold
Weegee, ‘Double Feature’, 1948, Be-hold

Weegee’s original mount with ruled border, which in turn is overmatted. Glued to the back of this mount is Weegee’s Entry Form for which he submitted this print, with all the information filled in, including the date of the picture “”May 7 1948″”. He includes this information: “”By remote control I took this picture of myself facing Camera [He’s at the right of the central group of 3] talking to … about my Show”” and signs “”Arthur Weegee Fellig.”” A label with the typed title is glued to the mount beneath the print.

I believe this could be the front of Weegee’s apartment at 6606 St. Francis, Hollywood that he has set up as a movie theater, or an actual “”El Patio”” Theater. Some of his photographs can be seen on the stands, including “”The Critic.”” The lower part of the image is an elongated distortion. I believe the title refers to the fact that you can see the movie and also see Weegee in person.”

Signature: Attached application is signed.

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