Perhaps Weegee’s autobiography is back in print…

Perhaps “Weegee by Weegee” (1961) is now “Weegee: The Autobiography” by Arthur Fellig” (2016).

Paperback edition: $15.95
Paperback: 190 pages
Publisher: The Devault-Graves Agency (February 8, 2016)
Language: English

Copied from the publisher’s website:

“Weegee: The Autobiography

Weegee not only captured the gritty underbelly of New York City in his explosive photographs, but he lived it as well. This long out-of-print autobiography, brought back as an ebook with complete and unabridged text by Devault-Graves Digital Editions, was written toward the end of Weegee’s life before he was the photographic legend he is today.

Here he tell the story of how an impoverished Jewish immigrant named Arthur “Weegee” Fellig from Zlothev, Austria, came to grips with one of the toughest cities in the world and made it his own. In wisecracking prose that is a match for his unblinking ferocity behind the camera, Weegee recounts his days of taking tintypes of kids on ponies and how this knowledge of the streets and neighborhoods of New York led to him being the first on the scene of the city’s every murder, disaster and heartbreak.

In Weegee: The Autobiography the author candidly and without reserve tells readers about documenting the grisly street executions by Murder, Inc., tenements up in flames, child killers, lovers in the back rows of movie theaters, and the sexual misadventures of streetwalkers, pimps and transsexuals, all in a voice that had seen it all and loved it all.

Our version contains a wealth of new material for readers. Included are extensive annotations and endnotes, an original Afterword by author and critic Ed Ward, a bibliography of Weegee’s photography books, and a guide for further study on works about Weegee.”

“Vintage 1940s and 1950s prints
January 11 through February 4”

“Banning + Associates, 138 West 18th St…”

ca. 1990?

An obscure advertisement for a little known Weegee exhibition…

From the NYPL database: “Archives of Sexuality & Gender: LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940”

Full citation:

History, 1950-January 5, 1998

Lesbian Herstory Archives: Subject Files


Document Type:
Article; Report; Announcement

Manuscript Number:
Folder No.: 06111

1950-January 5, 1998

Source Library:
Lesbian Herstory Archives

Every word below is copied from the Benezit Dictionary of Artists through Oxford Art Online:

real name: Arthur Fellig, or Usher Fellig

American, 20th century, male.
Born 12 June 1899, in Lemberg, Austria (now Lviv, Ukraine); died 26 December 1968, in New York.
Photographer, photojournalist. Portraiture, fashion photography, abstractions, film.

Born Usher Fellig, the boy who would become Weegee received an Anglicized name upon his family’s immigration to America in 1910. Various odd jobs in New York included work as a darkroom assistant. In 1924 Weegee became the darkroom technician and night shift photographer for Acme Newspictures. Acme specialized in the sensational photo stories favoured by the tabloid press. Weegee slept in the darkroom and would often be the first to respond to fire and police alerts. His uncanny quickness to appear on the scene prompted Acme staff members to call him Weegee, after the Ouija board game. He used a standard press camera with a set focus and automatic flash but he also experimented with infra-red flash. In 1935 Weegee began working freelance for multiple news dailies. Unlike the heroic portraits taken by social documentarians, Weegee’s images of car accidents, murders and arrests were aimed at a largely illiterate audience and had to convey emotional narratives in one scene. His work greatly expanded in 1940, when he began work for PM Daily and was given total freedom of subject matter. After a solo exhibition at the Photo League in 1941, his work appeared in the Museum of Modern Art, New York. His first photographic book, Naked City (1945), was a great success, but in 1947 Weegee left New York to pursue a career in film. In Hollywood, he began taking distortions and portraits of celebrities and politicians. His later life was spent travelling, lecturing and working for British newspapers.

Group Exhibitions:

1943, Action Photography, Museum of Modern Art, New York
1948, 50 Photographs by 50 Photographers, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Solo Exhibitions
1977, International Center of Photography, New York
1984, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
1997, Weegee’s World, International Center of Photography
2002, Weegee’s Trick Photography, International Center of Photography
2006, Unknown Weegee, International Center of Photography
2012, Murder Is My Business, International Center of Photography

Museum and Gallery Holdings:

New York (International Center of Photography)
New York (MoMA)

Auction Records:

New York, 9 June 1999: At a Club in Harlem (1946, gelatin silver print, 10¾ × 10½ ins/27.3 × 27 cm) USD 2,070
Berlin, 23 Nov 2000: Asleep at Fire (1940–1945, gelatin silver print, 9 × 7 ins/22.8 × 18 cm) DEM 9,200
New York, 20 Feb 2001: Untitled (1936–1952, gelatin silver print, 16 × 12 ins/40.6 × 30.5 cm) USD 51,750
New York, 23 Oct 2002: Fire Escape (14 × 11 ins/35.6 × 27.9 cm) USD 5,676
New York, 26 April 2003: Vegetable Peddler (1946, gelatin silver print, 12¾ × 10½ ins/32.2 × 27 cm) USD 7,170
New York, 16 Oct 2004: Boston, Seat of Culture (1940–1949, gelatin silver print, 10½ × 13½ ins/26.6 × 34 cm) USD 20,400
New York, 20 Oct 2005: Four African-American Boys (1940–1949, gelatin silver print, 10¾ × 13½ ins/27.3 × 34.3 cm) USD 2,200
New York, 19 Oct 2006: Their First Murder (1941, gelatin silver print, 10½ × 13¼ ins/26.7 × 33.7 cm) USD 17,000
New York, 18 Oct 2007: The Critic (1943, gelatin silver print, 10½ × 13½ ins/26.7 × 34.2 cm) USD 31,000
New York, 17 Oct 2008: The Two Headed Photographer (c. 1940, gelatin silver print, 9¼ × 7½ ins/23.7 × 19.2 cm) USD 6,000
New York, 6 Oct 2009: Abstract Study, Circles (c. 1955, gelatin silver print, 9¼ × 7 ins/23.5 × 17.5 cm) USD 3,172
New York, 13 Dec 2010: Mob Rubout, Little Italy, New York City (1940–1949, gelatin silver print, 9½ × 7¾ ins/23.8 × 19.7 cm) USD 6,875
New York, 13 Dec 2011: My Studio (Weegee at Home in Back of Police Headquarters) (c. 1939, gelatin silver print, 9½ × 7½ ins/24.1 × 19.1 cm) USD 5,040
New York, 5 April 2012, At Sammy’s on the Bowery (1944, gelatin silver print, 13 × 10½ ins/33.5 × 27 cm) USD 7,500


Weegee: Naked City, De Capo, New York, 1975.
Purcell, William: Weegee, Phaidon, Paris, 2004.
Lee, Anthony W./Meyer, Richard: Weegee and Naked City, University of California Press, Berkeley, 2008.
Meyer, Richard. Naked Hollywood: Weegee in Los Angeles, Rizzoli, New York, 2011.

Weegee’s ULAN, from

“Weegee used a 4×5 Speed Graphic press camera and flash exclusively throughout his career; and is not known for his printing virtuosity, but for the elements of social critique in his photographs.” Perhaps the most interesting sentence and it could be updated…

Every word below is copied from this website:

Weegee (American photographer, 1899-1968, born in Poland)

Note: American photographer, active in New York City and Hollywood. Arthur Fellig, known as Weegee professionally, is noted for his photographs depicting crime and other newsworthy events, usually taken at night. His early career was spent as a freelance press photographer. He prided himself on his ability to arrive at the scene of a crime before the police, and derived his name from the phonetic pronunciation of the Ouija board. He sold his images to tabloid newspapers from 1935 through the 1940s, and published his first book, Naked City in 1945, followed by Weegee’s People in 1946. Naked City was a commercial success and guaranteed his income. At this point he began taking portraits of celebrities and figures in the entertainment industry. He used a variety of trick lenses to distort and manipulate these images, and often exposed or exagerrated the imperfections of his subjects. He experimented with infrared film and flash to make exposures in darkness, particularly of people in darkened movie theaters. Weegee used a 4×5 Speed Graphic press camera and flash exclusively throughout his career; and is not known for his printing virtuosity, but for the elements of social critique in his photographs. He was a flamboyant character, and revelled in his own notoreity and mythology.

Names: Weegee (preferred,V,display,LC) Fellig, Arthur H. (V) Fellig, Arthur (V) Weegee the Famous (V) Fellig, Usher (V) Weejee (U) Vig’i (U) Felig, Artur (U) Felig, Asher (U) פליג, אשר (U)

American (preferred)
Eastern European
Central European

artist (preferred)

Gender: male

Birth and Death Places:
Born: Złoczew (Łódzkie voivodship, Poland) (inhabited place)
Died: New York City (New York state, United States) (inhabited place)


(American photographer, 1899-1968, born in Poland) ….. [VP Preferred]
(American (b. Poland), 1899-1968) ….. [JPGM]
(American photographer, 1899-1968) ….. [BHA]
(American photographer, 1899-1968) ….. [Grove Art]
(artist, 1899-1968) ….. [GRL]
(artist, active 20th century) ….. [GRISC]