The American Tradition and Walker Evans (July 10 to October 28, 2001)
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[A Burglar is Caught by Detectives in a Window of a Store] / [Man Caught in Store]
Weegee (Arthur Fellig) (American, born Austria, 1899 - 1968)
February 17, 1941
Gelatin silver print
26.4 x 33.7 cm (10 3/8 x 13 1/4 in.)
© International Center of Photography
Weegee claimed that he knew when a crime, fire, or car crash would occur because his elbows would itch. It certainly helped that he lived behind police headquarters; so did having a hook-in at the foot of his bed with the police alarms and fire gongs "so that if anything happens . . . I'm notified." Paying off informants and having a special radio tuned to the police frequency in his '38 Chevy coupe also kept Weegee informed of illicit activity. Weegee established himself as a crime photographer, partly because he was one of the few photographers who would work the night shift. He often pushed past the police to record scenes of murders, car crashes, fires, and crimes such as the robbery at this luncheonette, where detectives pull a burglar from a store window.