Weegee, ‘Mother and Child in Harlem’, ca. 1950, J. Paul Getty Museum

Negative October 18, 1943; print about 1950

Convergences: Selected Photographs from the Permanent Collection is on view July 8-October 19, 2014 at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center

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

Solo Shows on Artsy

Weegee, Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York
Weegee's Bowery, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City

Group Shows on Artsy

Changed: The Altered Photograph, Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York
New York Photo Show, Be-hold, New York
Be-hold Open House, Be-hold, Yonkers
Me, Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York
We Could be Heroes, The Photographers' Gallery, London
In Focus: Play, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Image Search: Photography from the Collection, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)