WEEGEE (ARTHUR FELLIG) PHOTO, ORIGINAL VINTAGE MULTIPLE-IMAGE OF HIS CAMERA (c. 1960), 8 x 10, SILVER GELATIN, SHOWING A CLOSE-UP OF A WOMAN IN WINTER COAT HOLDING A MIRROR DEVICE AT BOTTOM OF CAMERA TO CAPTURE THE DOUBLE IMAGE. NO BACK STAMP, BUT INCLUDED IN A COLLECTION OF WEEGEE PHOTOGRAPHS WE ACQUIRED. THE IMAGE IS SLIGHTLY ASKEW ON THE PRINT, WITH A FEW LIGHT CREASES TO LOWER LEFT, OTHERWISE IN FINE CONDITION. A GOOD EXAMPLE OF WEEGEE'S MULTIPLE-IMAGE TECHNIQUE.
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 that created caricatured images.