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Arthur Fellig, also known as Weegee, was a renowned photographer. He was a legendary photographer who achieved fame and success by photographing gritty crime scenes and the everyday activities of working-class residents of New York City.

Weegee the Photographer

His 1945 book, The Naked City, featured plenty of these photographs and became popular for its' non-degrading portrayal of the subjects.

Fellig got the name Weegee from law enforcement because he was always the first photographer to arrive at the crime scene. In addition, Weegee published other photo books such as Naked Hollywood in 1953.

This book featured photos of film stars (though fully clothed) and scenes from the vibrant Hollywood nightlife. Weegee also produced a few short films and did advertising for magazines Life and Vogue. A majority of Weegee's photos were in black and white and they resembled classic movies.

Arthur "Weegee" Fellig was born in Austria in 1899 and in 1906 the family relocated to the United States. In the 1930s, Weegee worked with New York newspapers such as New York Tribune and the New York Post, and he started his career with photos of crime scenes and gritty images of street people in New York. This was a break from the traditional subjects that would be covered of life in New York, and Fellig laid the groundwork for what is now called photojournalism. Weegee's photos told real stories about street life without text.

Photojournalism is expected to be objective in nature and will try to tell the truth about certain news stories without bias or degradation. This was true for much of Weegee's photos of New York's working-class residents. Much of Weegee's work served as a storybook of the past few decades in American history which included the Golden Age of Hollywood, civil rights issues and a time when petty crimes were the main crimes with which people had to be concerned. Wegee also studied his subjects as he took the pictures, which was another reason why he was able to successfully capture the images.

A lot of Weegee's photos have been on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and he lectured at the New School for Social Research. Weegee's gritty portrayals of ordinary people paved the way for similar artists such as Andy Warhol and Anne Leibovitz. He was also one of the few photographers who was involved in the film industry although he wasn't an actor.

He was skilled enough to work in both professions successfully. What's also interesting about Weegee is that he didn't have formal photography training and this fact allowed him to be even more creative as a photographer because he wasn't bound by traditional norms of the craft. He died in 1968.


The Rumor Mill

The rumor mill has coughed up a few interesting fraudulent facts about Weegee the photographer. The first unfair fact was that Weegee once used his 4 x 5 Speed Graphic camera to flash Sean Penn's father in the face, thus provoking a fight.


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