Weegee: Murder Is My Business
For an intense decade between 1935 and 1946, Weegee (1899–1968) was one of the most relentlessly inventive figures in American photography. His graphically dramatic and often lurid photographs of New York crimes and news events set the standard for what has become known as tabloid journalism. Freelancing for a variety of New York newspapers and photo agencies, and later working as photo editor for the short-lived liberal daily PM (1940–48), Weegee established a way of combining photographs and texts that was distinctly different from that promoted by other picture magazines, such as Life. Utilizing other distribution venues, Weegee also wrote extensively (including his autobiographical Naked City, published in 1945) and organized his own exhibitions at the Photo League.
The New York Center of Photography traveling exhibition draws upon on the extensive Weegee Archive at ICP and includes environmental recreations of Weegee’s apartment and exhibitions. The exhibition is organized by ICP Chief Curator Brian Wallis.
Segment from Film Photography Podcast Episode 56 – April 1, 2012
FPP New York correspondent Hunter White interviews Curator Brian Wallis
The WeeGee exhibition runs through September 2, 2012
at The New York Center of Photography – http://www.icp.org/visit