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WEEGEE (ARTHUR FELLIG) TYPED LTR SIGNED EXCELLENT CONTENT ON PSYCHIC POWER, PUBLICITY, ZIFF DAVIS ADVANCE ON BOOK, BOLEX, HASSELBLAD

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WEEGEE (ARTHUR FELLIG) TYPED LTR SIGNED, "Weegee", 2 pages back to back, on Mapleton Hotel, London, letterhead, 5.5 x 7, 27 AUG 1960, to Wilma Wilcox, with excellent content: In part: "...This has been an exciting & breath taking week. First the SUNDAY GRAPHIC will feature me on their newspaper trucks...The big news is that I close a deal with ZIFF DAVIS thats the outfit that puts out Popular Photography...I got a letter from BOLEX they have my proposal about the Kaleidoscope...Hasselblad turned my offer down...KODAC ADAPTER RINGS...3 RETAINING RINGS...SERIES 7...all day I run around...at night I make prints...take pictures & type...heres some more proof of my psychic power...British Photo magazine...how to get pictures for his story...hows this for timing...." Comes with his handwritten and signed "Weegee, MAPLETON HOTEL, LONDON" mailing envelope addressed to Wilma Wilcox, % REIK Clinic, 66 5th Ave, New York City, USA. Both items in fine condition with the envelope torn on back for opening.

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.

$695  #10755