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
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Frank Pape, Arrested for Homicide
Weegee (Arthur Fellig) (American, born Austria, 1899 - 1968)
November 10, 1944
Gelatin silver print
27 x 33.8 cm (10 5/8 x 13 5/16 in.)
© International Center of Photography
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.