WEEGEE (ARTHUR FELLIG) SIGNED HANDWRITTEN LTR, "Weegee", 2 pages back to back, 8.5 x 11, on Palace Hotel, Bruxelles [Brussels], letterhead, probably to Wilma Wilcox, asking her to "...go around the corner on 8th Ave. [New York City]...see IGGY, order a box of 50 Robert Burns Panatellas CIGARS...mail it to me...I am going to start photographing myself...End for the FILM...This is the best DISORGANIZED Film group in the WORLD, but lots of fun...." In fine condition, with mailing fold creases.
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 (kaleidoscope) 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.