Frank Pape, Arrested for Homicide

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Frank Pape, Arrested for Homicide


Weegee (Arthur Fellig) (American, born Austria, 1899 - 1968)




New York, New York, United States (Place created)


November 10, 1944


Gelatin silver print


27 × 33.8 cm (10 5/8 × 13 5/16 in.)


© International Center of Photography

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The men, women, and children who commit murders always fascinate me...I will say one thing for the men and women who kill...they are Ladies and Gentlemen...cooperating with me so I will get a good shot of them.

-- Weegee from Naked City

In this classic Weegee image, sixteen-year old Frank Pape sits in a "pie wagon," accused of strangling a four-year old boy. Weegee often used windows and fences as visual elements to frame and thus draw attention to his subjects. Here, the wagon door's chain-link fencing creates a dominant pattern, brightened by proximity to Weegee's intense flashbulb. The fence seems to isolate Pape's face and hands within diamonds of crisscrossing wire. This draws attention to the youth's lost-in-thought expression and symbolically hints at his narrowing options.

Scene of the Crime: Photo by Weegee (September 20, 2005 to January 22, 2006) (12)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), September 20, 2005 to January 22, 2006