“Weegee always wanted everyone to take their cloths off…”

(Perhaps not surprising for the author of Naked City, Naked Hollywood, and “Naked Everything,” etc….)

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The above photo and letter is from a presumably great bookstore, Between the Covers, and is available here (for $2,800): http://www.betweenthecovers.com/btc/item/133703/

The Weegee bits:
“Weegee always wanted everyone to take their cloths off, men & women alike… Late one night, after the San Remo Cage [Cage?] closed, Weegee accompanied me home, and asked to take a nude photo. I had no inhibitions, only the demand that we not extend the nudity into sexual play – and he agreed. Weegee was very particular about the placement of the lamp… Weegee wanted the light to shine at just a certain angle behind me. And though I had often known him to be amorous, at this session his interest was patiently and entirely on the quality of the light & the pose – rare for a photographer known for his speed & spontaneity.” By Judith Malina

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Getty Images screenshot: Judith Malina and Paul Goodman at San Remo, 189 Bleecker St., ca. 1954.

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Beat Generation in New York: A Walking Tour of Jack Kerouac’s City, By BillMorgan
(Of course Weegee hadn’t captured “dastardly crimes” in over ten years…)

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Birth of the Cool… (Street photographer? The Village was published posthumously, was Weegee working on it in 1954?)

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Weegee, The Village, book published in 1989, photo made in 1954…

“…then up to Rienzi’s for a quick look at the bulletin board, where you see that you can get a model to pose in the nude for $2 an hour, in case you want to take up art… People advertise for room-mates, soul-mates, helicopter pilots (probably for the girls who found a cold water flat on the sixth floor). Then you can stop in, say, at the San Remo bar – see what’s going on in there.” Weegee, The Village, 1989.

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