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PM, July 22, 1940, pp. 16-17

Yesterday at Coney Island… Temperature 89… They Came Early, Stayed Late…

Cameraman Reports On Lost Kids, Parking Troubles

Weegee, whose real name is Arthur Fellig, took this picture at four in the afternoon. The temperature was 89 degrees. The Coney Island Chamber of Commerce guessed there were 1,000,000 people. Nobody really knows.

Herewith is Weegee’s own story of his visit to Coney Island…

PM, July 22, 1940, p. 16.

To enjoy this PM page spread (printed 80 years, two months, and one day ago) as an interactive, customizable puzzle, please click here.


Naked City (1945)

It is with great pleasure and excitement, on this International Day of Museums, May 18, 2020, that we officially announce the creation of the WeegeeWeegeeWeegee Museum of Weegee Photographee (WMoWP). (Unofficially known as WoWee.)

WoWee will exhibit excerpts from obscure newspaper articles, too many “On this day” days, listless listicles (20,000 Weegee photos to restore your faith in photography in chronological order), an almost limitless interest in insignificant and inconsequential information (obscurity is the key), plenty of PM, games, movies, merch, maps, and so much more… WoWee will be open 24 hours. Admission is free…


Weegee’s People (1946)

Witness, December 22, 1960 (Episode 12)

Peter Falk as Abe “Kid Twist” Reles (1906-1941) of Murder Inc…

Begins and ends with the narrator holding a photo: “This is a picture of George ‘Whitey’ Rudnick…” (no mention of Rudnick’s drug addiction).
Irving “Puggy” Feinstein (1909–1939) reference at 49:49.

From the NY Times:

Kusama Arrives. Is It Worth Your Time to Wait in Line?”

By Jason Farago

Nov. 8, 2019

“And the erotic or psychedelic excesses of Ms. Kusama’s early art are long gone, too. In her orgiastic

    “body festivals” of the 1960s,

she encouraged audiences to slather one another with paint; now others must be cropped out of the cameraphone frame. Sex and drugs are nothing compared with the thrill of “likes.””

nytimes.com

Link in the NY Times links to a Weegee photo, one of these:


Screenshot



(images from ebay)

Sold for: $11.99
Sold by: photoart50

“From world famous archive!
This photo was among a collection of stamped weegee photos there is a photo of the stamp in description.
That is how we know this is a weegee photograph.. but because it is not stamped we cant charge the going rate.

this photo is not stamped!
Weegee was the pseudonym of Arthur Fellig, a photographer and photojournalist, known for his stark black and white street photography…

PHOTO IS IN GOOD CONDITION FOR ITS AGE AND RARITY”

(words from ebay)

Obviously this was not made by Weegee.


(screenshot, NY Times, July 19, 2019)

“Ida Wyman, Whose Camera Captured Ordinary People, Dies at 93

Ms. Wyman photographed for Life, Business Week and her own enjoyment, satisfying “an immense curiosity to learn and understand the lives of others.”…

After graduating in 1943, she found work at Acme, first in its mailroom and then as a printer. At lunch hour, she photographed nearby laborers and office workers with her Graflex Speed Graphic camera…

The six years featuring her most memorable work ended in 1951. By then she had married Simon Nathan, a photographer at Acme, who encouraged her to join the Photo League, a radical collective. Working there further inspired her to produce honest photographs that could effect social change…”