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Weegee was born Ascher Fellig in Złoczów (now Zolochiv, Ukraine) in 1899. His name was changed to Arthur when he and his family emigrated to New York in 1909. Under his pseudonym Weegee he became a photographer and photojournalist, known for his stark black and white street photography during the 1930s and 1940s. He developed his signature style by following the city’s emergency services and documenting their activity. Much of his work depicted resolute realistic scenes of urban life, crime, injury and death.

He worked through the night and competed with the police to be first at the scene of a crime, selling his photographs to tabloids and photographic agencies, including The New York Times, The Herald Tribune, World-Telegram, Daily News, Post, Journal-American and Sun. He travelled Europe extensively, working for the Daily Mirror and on a variety of photography, film, lecture, and book projects. Felling published photographic books and worked in cinema, initially making his own short films and later collaborating with film directors such as Jack Donohue and Stanley Kubrick. Weegee died in New York on December 26 in 1968, at the age of 69.

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Rent Party in Greenwich Village, ca. 1950