PHOTOGRAPHER: WEEGEE (ARTHUR FELLIG) HANDWRITTEN LTR SIGNED,
"Weegee", 2 pages, 5.5 x 7, 11/18/61, on Hotel La Louisiane, Paris letterhead, to
Wilma Wilcox, about photos for a magazine and "important showing of my
films Tuesday". Comes with the original envelope made out in his hand and
signed "Weegee" in the return address. Both items in fine condition.
Weegee (1899-1968) was the pseudonym of Arthur Fellig a famous New
York City photographer and photojournalist in the
1940's and 1950's known for his stark black and white street photography: images
of murder, mayhem, dead gangsters, Harlem blacks, famous personalities, and
other dramatic events. His career spanned four decades on both coasts as
well as Europe.
His images of dead gangsters and his own flamboyant personality established his
reputation as New York's
"crime photographer," a reputation and persona he nurtured. The
New York Museum of Modern Art acquired some
his photographs and many of his images have appeared in multiple books.
In the 1950's and 1960's he experimented with photo distortions and
photography through prisms that created caricatured images.
Wilma Wilcox was a Quaker social worker who
Weegee lived with for over a decade before his death in 1968. She inherited his
entire archive of original prints and subsequently donated them to the International Center for
Photography on her death in 1993.