EXHIBITION: WEEGEE - MURDER IS MY BUSINESS

The way our society and the media cover the dead and the dying — the funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq or Afghanistan, the body on a street after a firefight or violent demonstration — these are not new issues.

At the International Center of Photography in New York, there’s a new exhibit of the photographs of Arthur Fellig, better known as Weegee. Murder Is My Business focuses, in large part, on the decade Weegee spent in the 1930s and ’40s devoted to crime photography.

The ICP has the entire Weegee archive: 16,000 photographs and 7,000 negatives from many periods of his life, including his groundbreaking book of New York life, Naked City. But he started with murder. He followed police reports, freelancing for the tabloids. There are pictures of dead bodies, of the wounded, of car crash victims. Sometimes blood is dripping, although Wallis says the photographs steer away from the gory. In fact, the exhibit contrasts several of Weegee’s photographs with much more graphic police forensic photos of the same scene. (read more here or here)

Exhibition dates: January 20 - September 2, 2012 at ICP, New York

Another Weegee exhibiton:
Weegee - Retrospective 1932-1960 (Auer Ory Photo Collection)’ at Westlicht in Vienna (Nov 22., 2011 - Feb. 2, 2012; more information: see previous post).

IMAGE INFO: All photographs by Weegee (aka Arthur Fellig)
#1: Body of Dominick Didato, Elizabeth Street, New York, Aug. 7, 1936

#2: Hold up man killed, Nov. 24, 1941
#3: Police officer and lodge member looking at blanket-covered body of woman trampled to death in excursion-ship stampede, New York, Aug. 18, 1941
#4: Murder, ca. 1940
#5: Self-Portrait, The Genius of the Camera, ca. 1938

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