WEEGEE (ARTHUR FELLIG) VINTAGE SILVER GELATIN PHOTO (c. 1950's), "NEVER TOO OLD," 7.5 X 7.5, PUBLISHED IN NAKED HOLLYWOOD. TWO STAMPS ON REVERSE: ARTHUR (WEEGEE) FELIG/HOLLYWOOD, CA AND WEEGEE PHOTO REPRESENTATIVE. MATTED AND FRAMED TO AN OVERALL SIZE OF 16 X 20. AS IS OFTEN THE CASE WITH WEEGEE'S CARELESS HANDLING OF HIS PHOTOS THIS ONE HAS MULTIPLE HAIRLINE CRACKS AND A SMALL CREASE AT BOTTOM BUT IS STILL A POWERFUL IMAGE AS PRESENTED.
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.