Weegee, Serial Photographer
By Max de Radiguès & Wauter Mannaert
Published by Sarbacane
Published in August 2016
A graphic novel.
Publisher’s website via Google translate:
“First on the scene, he did not hesitate to “improve” the crime scene for the photo!
Late 30s, New York, Lower East Side, the favored hunting ground of Weegee (real name Arthur Fellig). In his car, a connected radio on police frequencies; Weegee, cigar, mac and fedora, breakneck photography night, burning life Big Apple shallows of: accident, charred bodies, fire, “passers-voyeurs” … But also, poor, black, little pleasures … Weegee is the observer – vitriolic – of inequality and discrimination of the Great Depression in America. The authors propose us to accompany the lonely Weegee in a photo shoot as snorkeling, vertiginous and raw, the heart of American society before the war, deviant and corrupt.
– Weegge, an unusual and famous press photographer (Life, Vogue, The Daily Mirror …) to a true story briskly!
– Wauter Mannaert young Belgian designer, expressive design treats us the black and creepy atmosphere of the New York of the 30s!”
This image is from the artists’ website: wautermannaert.be
On February 17, 2013, three years ago today, we posted this instant classic blog post… We must have been using our Ouija board since coloring collections is now a thing…
A Weegee Coloring Book! (Black and white and red all over…) For children of all ages…
A joke: We might have a book deal… ka-ching! (Kidding;-)
Coming soon… (to a fantasy near me…) This is almost better than the Complete Weegee in PM book we were peddling several years ago…
(How these were made: one of our photographers photographed a page from Weegee’s World, converted it to grayscale, then in Photoshop, used the sketch – photocopy filter…)
Screenshot from Interview magazine.com
“The Weegee Guide to New York…
Roaming the streets of Manhattan in the 1930s, the photographer and photojournalist Weegee (pseudonym of the European-born Arthur Fellig) wasn’t afraid of taking stark black-and-white photos of the city’s least glamorous environs. He thrived in documenting less than desirable aspects of the city, such as gruesome murders, overcrowded tenement houses, and street thugs. This small volume is divided into 11 mapped-out neighborhood sections that feature new and old photographs from the darkly cynical master.”
Text from from Interview magazine.com
Screenshot from NY Times website
New Book Alert:
“Books on a Ramone, the Algonquin Set and Weegee’s New York”
“Rock, Wit and Grit”
“The New York world of Weegee — the pseudonym of Usher Fellig, “the documentarian of urban calamity” — was a far cry from the gentility of the Algonquin or the future gentrification of the photographer’s stamping ground. Drawing largely on the International Center of [Weegee’s] collection, Philomena Mariani and Christopher George have compiled “The Weegee Guide to New York” (DelMonico Books), a gritty reminder of street life in the ’30s and ’40s.
They write that Weegee captured the city’s “inhabitants navigating through street chaos without the protective shield of mobile devices and earphones.”
From the NYC NY Times Bookshelf…
Image and quotes from the Yale U. Press website.
“This dazzling catalogue highlights more than 200 images from Coney Island’s history, including paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, posters, film stills, architectural artifacts, and carousel animals. An extraordinary array of artists is represented…” including Weegee and Weegee and Weegee.
We haven’t gotten our greasy, hypo-stained paws on this book yet, but if you judge a book by its cover, this book is a good one…