Addict (drugaddict) wrote,

Weegee,' on Photographer Who Made the Night Noir

Four a.m., bars close. Guys asleep in Bowery doorways. But just before dawn is the worst: despair city. The jumpers start, out the windows, off the roof. I can't even look. So that's the night, New York. Ain't it grand? What a life

The imagined speaker is Arthur Fellig, better known, and very well known, as Weegee (1899-1968). From the 1930's into the 1950's, he was a photographer for New York tabloids, the kind of papers Ralph Kramden might have read. Tireless, loquacious, invasive, he cruised the wee hours. For him the city was a 24-hour emergency room, an amphetamine drip

Weegee/International Center of Photography

"Couple in Voodoo Trance," about 1956, is one of Weegee's photographs on display at the International Center of Photography.

Weegee/International Center of Photography

Black Power," 1951

Weegee/International Center of Photography

Mrs. Anna Sheehan ... accused as murderess," 1937

Arthur Fellig is WeeGee
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