Wednesday, April 04, 2007

WeeGee


Lately I have been digging WeeGee, a.k.a. Arthur Fellig, the NYC tabloid photographer from the 40s. He took photos of crime scenes, cityscapes and grit, and pioneered a style of highly immediate, slightly scummy photojournalism that is more or less openly exploitative but absolutely compelling. The photo above (link) is titled "Teen-age boy arrested for strangling a little girl, 1944." WeeGee photographed murder scenes, fires and the Lower East side. More clickable galleries here and here, and a kind of meandering ArtForum article here.

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