Though the New York of the 1930s and 1940s is long gone, the memories will live forever in the photographs taken by Arthur Fellig, better known by his pseudonym, Weegee. A new book from The International Center of Photography and Prestel retraces Weegee’s steps through the city, his photographs leading readers on a tour of eleven New York neighborhoods. Weegee developed his signature black-and-white style by working as a press photographer, and over the years he published a number of books (Naked Hollywood, Weegee’s People), and collaborated on films with notable directors like Stanley Kubrick.
“During his storied career as the quintessential New York photojournalist, Weegee explored the city’s least glamorous pockets, depicting brutal crimes, horrific accidents, tenement dwellers, street vendors, and mischievous kids,” the International Center of Photography, said in a statement about The Weegee Guide to New York: Roaming the City with Its Greatest Tabloid Photographer (ICP/Prestel, 2014). “And although his perspective was often dark and cynical, he was also tremendously sentimental about his subjects’ hard lives.”
The guide includes 275 of Weegee’s black-and-white photographs, some previously unpublished, as well as period neighborhood maps. Keep this in mind, New Yorkers, for your summer visitors. It’s a unique alternative to the usual tours of the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center.
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