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Preview: Weegee “Murder Is My Business”, ICP, NYC

In Art Museum, Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Photographer on February 20, 2012 at 1:35 pm

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Weegee

Crime does pay … at least it pays off in striking imagery time and again. Weegee is the acknowledged master of crime street photography, flash blazing with everyone “caught in the act”. An interview done near the time of his death, in his seedy apartment surrounded by photographic memorabilia, gave testament to the fact crime often pays … but only after death.

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 a stringer 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. This exhibition draws upon 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.

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For more information: International Center Photography

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