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Screenshot, (Weegee, [Weegee and the Weegee archive, Hollywood], ca. 1950)

Celebrate Archives!

Did you know that June 9 is International Archives Day? All around the world, professionals in the archival community unite their voices on June 9 to make you understand why it is essential to support archives and the profession.

The ICA believes that the value of archives and archivists should be promoted at the international level. Archives and archivists play an important role in accountability, transparency, democracy, heritage, memory and society.

During the 2004 International Congress in Vienna, 2000 attending participants adopted a resolution requesting that the United Nations (UN) designates a specific day to mark the importance and value of archives.


Screenshot, (Weegee, [Weegee and the Weegee archive, Hollywood], ca. 1950)

International Archives Week

Since the first International Archives Day in 2009, ICA has expanded the event to an entire week. During International Archives Week (IAW), organisations worldwide share their events and participate alongside ICA to promote the value and importance of archives and archivists.


Screenshot, (Bob Parent, [Weegee and Mel Harris working on the the book “Naked Hollywood”], ca. 1953)

Mandate

The objectives of the International Archives Day and International Archives Week, are to:

– raise public awareness of the importance of records and archives;

– raise awareness among senior decision-makers of the benefits of records management for good governance and development;

– improve the public, private and public sectors’ understanding of the necessity of long-term archival preservation and access;

– showcase the unique, extraordinary, and rare documents preserved in archival institutions; and

– advance the image of records and archives to enhance their visibility globally.

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Screenshot, (Gerald Straw, [Wilma Wilcox working with the Weegee archive], ca. 1975)


“Tempest STORM, ‘New’ Series – Large Photos, ‘Full Set,’ Only $1.00”


Two Insurance Policies
$25,000 Each

Tempest Storm, the ‘Bazoom Girl’ has insured herself most definitely against occupational hazards to the merry tune of $50,000, naturally divided into two polices. Recently…”


“Everyone watches intently as the first spoonful of immortality is poured. Goo didn’t even tickle.”

“Start writing or type / to choose a block”

uncovering_naked_city

Screenshot from https://www.criterionchannel.com/uncovering-the-naked-city

Uncovering THE NAKED CITY

Directed by Bruce Goldstein • 2020 • United States

In this original short documentary and personal essay, Bruce Goldstein, founder of Rialto Pictures and repertory director at New York’s Film Forum, tracks down many of the 100+ New York City locations—from the Bronx to the Lower East Side—used in his friend Jules Dassin’s classic police procedural THE NAKED CITY, while also spotlighting the contributions of producer Mark Hellinger and cinematographer William Daniels. https://www.criterionchannel.com/uncovering-the-naked-city

“Start writing or type / to choose a block”

Always remember:

“Start writing or type / to choose a block”

The Candidates

As Seen Through the Three Eyes of Weegee

One of America’s Outstanding Photographers

“I take pictures with my third eye – the inner eye – the eye that sees what lies beneath the surface of the subject. What some call a pictorial distortion may, in truth, be the reality. And what we call reality may be a distortion of the truth.” Weegee. (October 1968) /

 

Start writing or type / to choose a block

Start writing or type / to choose a block

Start writing or type / to choose a block


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.