WEEGEE (ARTHUR FELLIG) 6-PAGE HANDWRITTEN LTR SIGNED, "Love Weegee", 6 pages, in red, green and blue ink, envelope postmarked 3/10/63,on Mapleton Hotel, London, letterhead, 5.5 x 7, to Wilma Wilcox, incredible content mentioning television appearances, criminals, Russian trip, his lecture tour, his books, several of his famous photos, a new movie partnership: In part: "...was on British Commercial Television...my subject was VALENCHI The MAFIA guy who is now squaking to the F.B.I...I have a BIG Television Program coming up, this will plug my lecture Tour & I need photos of me working around Police Hdqs, some of my Murder Shots, & human interest shots, mostly from NAKED CITY especially One Murder Shot with a Sign in BACKGROUND THE 'SPOT', Kids on FIRE escape - Coney Island Shots, The Opera Shot...a lot of the Shots were in the 'Weegee by Weegee' book...the trailer for Dr. Strangelove [the 1964 Stanley Kubrick movie he's working on]...will possibly do a movie in London...." Simply one of the best content Weegee letters I have ever seen. Comes with his handwritten envelope which is also signed, "Weegee", on the reverse. The letter in fine condition with usual mailing fold creases and the signed envelope is lightly stained but still very legible.
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.