WEEGEE (ARTHUR FELLIG) VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPH (C. 1940'S), "Metropolitan Opera Opening: Wore Platform Sandals", 11 x 14, Silver Gelatin, "Weegee Photo Representative" stamp and pencil notations on reverse. Small stain on lower pants leg, clipped lower left corner, age toning upper margin, tiny corner creases, otherwise 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 (kaleidoscope) that created caricatured images.