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Weegee

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PhotoUtopia Intro: ‘Noir’, is the word that always comes to mind when I venture into Weegee’s world. His weak flash giving a burst of light just strong enough to illuminate the main subject matter, leaving the edges of the frame to fade off into darkness. Depicting a world of murder and vice, Weegee became a notorious character in his own right, with a reputation of arriving at crime scene before the police, there were many rumours surrounding his involvement with this world. Not afraid of interfering with a crime scene, he was known position items to better visually tell the tale His favourite work was shooting murders, of which he said, “the easiest kind of job to cover was a murder. The stiff would be laying on the ground and he couldn’t get up and walk away or get temperamental”.
Weegee on shooting a murder, click
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Wikipedia*Weegee was the pseudonym of Arthur Fellig (June 12, 1899 – December 26, 1968), an Austrian-born American photographer and photojournalist, known for his stark black and white street photography.

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Weegee worked in the Lower East Side of New York City as a press photographer during the 30's and 40's, and he developed his signature style by following the city's emergency services and documenting their activity. Much of his work depicted unflinchingly realistic scenes of urban life, crime, injury and death. Weegee published photographic books and also worked in cinema, initially making his own short films and later collaborating with film directors such as Jack Donohue and Stanley Kubrick.

In 1938, Fellig was the only New York newspaper reporter with a permit to have a portable police-band shortwave radio. He maintained a complete darkroom in the trunk of his car, to expedite getting his free-lance product to the newspapers. Weegee worked mostly at nightclubs; he listened closely to broadcasts and often beat authorities to the scene.


Official Site: http://www.weegee.org/
Other site:
http://museum.icp.org/museum/collections/special/weegee/
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weegee
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