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"To take a photograph is to align the head, the eye and the heart. It's a way of life." ~ Henri Cartier-Bresson

Monday, April 18, 2011

Weegee ~ One of The OG Street Photographers

Weegee was the pseudonym of Arthur Fellig (June 12, 1899 – December 26, 1968), a photographer and photojournalist, known for his stark black and white street photography.

Weegee worked in the Lower East Side of New York City as a press photographer during the 1930s and '40s, 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.

Weegee by Photographer Leigh Wiener

Marylin Munroe

Fellig Arthur aka Weegee (22)

Fellig Arthur aka Weegee (1)

Fellig Arthur aka Weegee (80)

Nude distortion, 1955

Fellig Arthur aka Weegee (77)

Fellig Arthur aka Weegee-betty-page (6)

The Gold Painted Stripper, New York City     1950 

Fellig Arthur aka Weegee (6)
Weegee self Portrait, in his apartment.

Weegee with Stanley Kubrick

The ladies love Weegeed

Marilyn Monroe photographed by WeeGee in 1949

 Hollywood romanticized Weegee's story with the film The Public Eye. I think Weegee's real life story would have been interesting enough.

Weegee got the shot no matter what.  I'm not sure if he tried this trick but ya never know...