Weegee: Portrait of the Artist as a Paparazzo (2006)

He was so respected by the NYPD that they let him fit a police radio in his car, but even with that edge, his uncanny ability to show up at a crime scene before the police even knew about the crime gave him his nickname. Weegee was so fast that he must be getting tip-offs […]

Weegee: “Life and Death (Mostly Death) in the Streets” (2010)

Sometimes, he claimed, he would arrive before the authorities. He gained the nickname “Weegee” from the Ouija board, events would happen.   By Mark Svetov, Originally Published in Noir City Sentinel, Fall 2010 By his own estimation, Arthur Fellig (a/k/a Weegee, 1899-1968) covered more than 5,000 murders as a freelance photographer in New York from […]

Weegee and the Jewish Question (1997)

“I’m no part-time dilettante photographer, unlike the bartenders, shoe salesmen, floorwalkers, plumbers, barbers, grocery clerks and chiropractors whose great hobby is their camera.”   Weegee and the Jewish Question By David Serlin and Jesse Lerner Weegee (né Usher Fellig) is best known for his dystopic urban photographs, principally those images made in New York as […]

Famous Photographers Tell How – An Interview with Weegee (1958)

  “It’s like a modern Aladdin’s Lamp, you rub it and, in this case the camera, you push the button and it gives you the things you want.”   Click to Play (Right Click & Save to Download): “Weegee” MP3 by Weegee, 1958. From the 1958 LP “Famous Photographers Tell How” (Audio transcription by Erica […]

Mary Margaret McBride with Weegee (1945)

“I know every block, every sign-post, every cop, every beggar, every . . . everything.”   Interview with Weegee and Mary Margaret McBride for station WEAF on July 11, 1945 ANNOUNCER: It’s one o’clock, and here transcribed is Mary Margaret McBride. MARY MARGARET MCBRIDE: Who’s always been madly in love with New York City, but […]