Whitney Museum, 2019

[Arshile Gorky (1902-1948), The Artist and His Mother, 1926-c. 1936.] – from

Weegee in the wild…


(Small image file – 300 pixels wide, can’t see the back of the print, good to know that it’s a posthumous print, this may not be accurate: “for PM, a tabloid-style newspaper for which he did occasional freelance work.” – “occasional”?)


“WEEGEE – THE FAMOUS, 1935–1960
October 18, 2018 – January 20, 2019.
Tuesday – Sunday 12:00 – 19:00.
Curator: Peter Baki”

“Weegee, The Famous, 1935 – 1960 is organised in the framework of the Hungarian Photomonth 2018. The exhibition has been realised in collaboration with the Institute for Cultural Exchange, Tübingen…”

104 great photos. Beautiful exhibition space. Looks like a great exhibition…

(“Weegee,” Howard Greenberg Gallery, March 21, 2017)

Excellent exhibition: “Weegee” at the Howard Greenberg Gallery, February 16 – April 1, 2017.

Bunch of classic images, some lesser-known images, and a few images we were not familiar with… One photo was made in Jersey City. A pair of photos of a woman and her periscope were made in Hollywood, ca. 1950… Almost entirely the prints were on the larger side, 11×14″-ish paper. (Prices were approx. $3,500-$12,000. Perhaps, the smaller the photo, the smaller the price. If an 11×14″ photo sold for $10,000, then that would be about $65/square inch. Or, a little less than $10,000/square foot.) Some prints were annotated, there was at least one Culver stamp, and several Acme Newspictures stamps…

MoMA, “From the Picture Press,” 1973 (with arrows pointing to the Weegee photos)

Installation views from

“From the Picture Press” January 30-April 29, 1973, at MoMA.

“‘From the Picture Press’ an exhibition of over 225 photographs selected from newspaper files of the past five decades.” (Press release, January, 1973)

Divided into seven sections: “ceremonies, winners, losers, good news, alarums [alarms] and conundrums, confrontations and disasters.”

The previous (November 7, 1972 – January 21, 1973) photo exhibition was of course: “Diane Arbus.”
For more info (installation views, checklist, three press releases, or two and one wall label) on Arbus exhibition:

For more info on “From the Picture Press”:

(To be continued…)

Whitney Museum, August 7, 2016

A pair of Weegee distortions hanging out with the cool kids in the “Price of Fame” area in the “Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection” exhibition…
(Perhaps coincidentally, four out of four of the not-living-anymore, and four out of six of all the photographers on that wall, died in New York, NY…)

“Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection
April 2, 2016 – April 2, 2017”
“Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection offers new perspectives on one of art’s oldest genres. Drawn entirely from the Museum’s holdings, the more than two hundred works in the exhibition show changing approaches to portraiture from the early 1900s until today. Bringing iconic works together with lesser-known examples and recent acquisitions in a range of mediums…”
from Whitney website:

“Weegee by Weegee” at Fundación Foto Colectania
Barcelona, Spain
July 5, 2017 – November 5, 2017

110 Weegee photos…

“Weegee by Weegee”
Presentation of Weegee, the celebrated chronicler of New York’s darkest 1930s and 40s

The Weegee exhibition, produced by Foto Colectania and Banc Sabadell Foundation, brings together over one hundred photographs from one of the best photography collections in the world, M. + M. Auer from Switzerland, in a careful selection structured around Weegee’s books and press publications.

In the New York convulsion of the 30s and 40s, Weegee was a freelance graphic reporter who published in all the major newspapers and who turned crime into spectacle. Always alert, he carried in his car a radio tuned to the frequency of the police that allowed him to arrive the first to the scene of the crime. His technique, with hard backlights, gave the photos an aura of verismo and drama that continues to impact the viewer.

In his biography, Weegee explains: “My car became my home. It was a two-seater, with an extra large trunk. I saved everything there, an extra camera, flashlight bulbs, a typewriter, firefighter boots, cigar boxes, salami, infrared film to shoot in the dark, a change of underwear, uniforms, costumes and extra shoes and socks. (…) Since then I was no longer attached to the teletype of the police headquarters. I had wings. I no longer had to wait for the crime to come to me; I could go after him. Police radio was my way of life. My camera… my life and my love… it was my Aladdin lamp.”

The exhibition presents a careful selection of his work, showing images that range from crimes, fires or accidents to scenes of social and popular events, such as the conglomerations at Coney Island beaches or other leisure places of the New Yorkers of the time. Weegee could photograph a corpse, but also a masked ball or a solitary child; there is darkness in his photographs, but also tenderness. Nevertheless, one of the unique features of the exhibition is the display of original materials. Along with photographs by Weegee, the show will exhibit original materials such as newspapers and magazines in which Weegee’s photographs were published, like the original edition of “Naked City”, which was published in 1945 and immediately become a best seller…

Almost a century after his first photographs, Weegee’s work continues to excite both the public and the critic, thanks to his harsh and dramatic style, that he managed to reflect the society and nightlife of a city he knew better than anyone else.

For more info:

Inauguración de la exposición Weegee by Weegee. Colección M. + M. Auer

(Weegee talk from 18:39 – 26:00… A summary: L. Stettner trades 500 Weegee photos (and the work of other photographers, like Brassaï and Faurer) for one of Auer’s houses in Paris – “to exchange stones for paper” – at the end of the 1980s…)

All images are screenshots from MoMA’s website.

Weegee in “70 Photographers Look at New York” at MoMA, in November 1957- April 58.

Even though there are only a dozen photos by Weegee, this looks like an amazing exhibition, from the brick walls to the park benches, from the supersized Coney Island crowd to the salon-style hanging, from the double (yellow?) lines on the floor to what appears to be a men-only viewing room… (Unclear what one of those images is… photos on the floor and/or nailed to the wall?) This exhibition is not listed in Weegee’s World.