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ID: 500032312
 
Record Type: Person
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 4x5 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)

Nationalities:
American (preferred)
Polish
Eastern European
Central European

Roles:
artist (preferred)
photographer

Gender: male

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

Related People or Corporate Bodies:
friend of ....  Stettner, Louis  
................  (American photographer, 1922-2016) [500346951]

List/Hierarchical Position:
 ....  Persons, Artists
 ........  Weegee (I)

Biographies:
(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]

Sources and Contributors:
פליג, אשר ........ [GRL]
..................  Library of Congress Authorities database (n.d.) n 50001111
Felig, Artur ........ [GRL]
..........................  Library of Congress Authorities database (n.d.) n 50001111
Felig, Asher ........ [GRL]
..........................  Library of Congress Authorities database (n.d.) n 50001111
Fellig, Arthur ........ [GRL, Grove Art, VP]
..............................  Getty Museum, Authority file (2003-)
..............................  Grove Art artist database (1989-)
..............................  Library of Congress Authorities database (n.d.) n 50001111
Fellig, Arthur H. ........ [BHA, GRL]
...................................  BHA, Authority file (1973-)
...................................  Library of Congress Authorities database (n.d.) n 50001111
Fellig, Usher ........ [GRL, Grove Art, VP]
............................  Grove Art artist database (1989-)
............................  Grove Art Online (2003-2008)
............................  Library of Congress Authorities database (n.d.) n 50001111
Vig'i ........ [GRL]
.............  Library of Congress Authorities database (n.d.) n 50001111
Weegee ........ [BHA Preferred, GRISC Preferred, GRL Preferred, Grove Art Preferred, JPGM Preferred, VP Preferred]
...............  BHA, Authority file (1973-)
...............  Getty Museum, Authority file (2003-)
...............  Grove Art artist database (1989-)
...............  Harald Szeemann papers, Finding Aid, GRI Special Collections (2011-)
...............  J. Paul Getty Museum, collections online (2000-)
...............  Library of Congress Authorities database (n.d.) n 50001111
Weegee the Famous ........ [VP]
..................................  Getty [online] (2002-)
Weejee ........ [GRL]
...............  Library of Congress Authorities database (n.d.) n 50001111

Subject: ........ [BHA, Gallery Systems, GRISC, GRL, Grove Art, JPGM, VP]
....................  Auer, Encyclopédie des Photographes (1985)
....................  BHA, Authority file (1973-)
....................  Gallery Systems (2000-) LOC ID: n50001111
....................  Getty Museum, Authority file (2003-)
....................  Getty [online] (2002-)
....................  Grove Art artist database (1989-)
....................  Grove Art Online (2003-2008)
....................  Harald Szeemann papers, Finding Aid, GRI Special Collections (2011-)
....................  J. Paul Getty Museum, collections online (2000-)
....................  Library of Congress Authorities database (n.d.) LOC ID: n50001111
....................  Naylor, Contemporary Photographers (1988) 1988
....................  Who Was Who in American Art (1985)
 
Note:
English .......... [VP]
.......... Getty [online] (2002-) accessed 10 May 2005
.......... Grove Art Online (2003-2008) accessed 10 May 2005
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