From the Publisher
Legendary photojournalist Weegees unflinching eye led him to territory few other photographers of his time dared to go. His New York was not the glamorous world of nightclubs and bustling sidewalks, but of the back alleys and forgotten tenements that bore witness to the citys tragedy and violence. Weegees New York is a city wounded by the Great Depression, in the throes of unemployment and poverty, of crime, corruption, and prostitution. Taken mostly at night, and marked by the characteristically harsh, artificial light that cast telltale shadows on their subjects, these photographs of crime victims, homeless vagrants, petty thieves, and resolute policemen document the gritty reality of Weegees world. The first news photographer permitted a police radio in his car, Weegee would race through Manhattans streets after midnight, often beating the cops to the scene of the crime. The next morning his pictures would scream from the pages of the Daily News and the Daily Mirror. They still jump from the page today, with a restless an immediacy and intense edginess that has yet to be surpassed. The 335 photographs collected in this volume tell a story of New York during one of its most violent and exciting periods. They also tells the story of the man behind the camera, whose passion, curiosity, and humanity belie his role as uninvolved bystander. More than a record of superb photojournalism, Weegees New York is a te! stament to a man who refused to look away.
About the Author
Weegee (1899-1968) was born Arthur Fellig in Poland and arrived in New York at the age of 10. During his ten years at Manhattans police headquarters, he published nearly 5,000 photos, making him the most famous of a new breed of hardboiled news photographers. His books include Naked Hollywood and Naked City, which was later made into a film.