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Toronto

In “Tenement Sleeping,” a man is nestled onto a mattress, asleep on a lower east side fire escape. This small balcony would have proved respite from the sticky New York summer. The photographer captured, but did not awaken, the sleeping resident.
Having grown up in the very same neighborhood, Weegee was no stranger to …

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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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Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Selected exhibitions
2017
WeegeeHoward Greenberg Gallery
2014
Convergences: Selected Photographs from the Permanent CollectionJ. Paul Getty Museum
In Focus: PlayJ. Paul Getty Museum
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Tenement Sleeping, 1950

Gelatin silver print
21 × 17 1/2 in
53.3 × 44.5 cm
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$6,500
Location
Toronto
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C
Caviar20
Toronto

In “Tenement Sleeping,” a man is nestled onto a mattress, asleep on a lower east side fire escape. …

Medium
Frame
Included
Price ranges of photographs by Weegee
Learn more
Browse works in this category
$6,050–$6,600
This work
$0
$12,650+

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.”

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Selected exhibitions (3)
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