ARTHUR “WEEGEE” FELLIG'S 1920S NYC STREET PHOTOS

Arthur “Weegee” Fellig's 1920s NYC Street Photos
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ARTHUR “WEEGEE” FELLIG'S 1920S NYC STREET PHOTOS



Written by Robert Foster
11 Tuesday 11th February 2014

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In the early 20s, a photographer in NYC had the idea to get his own police scanner ,so that whenever the NYPD discussed a crime scene he would be there, snapping away like a ghoulish paparazzi. His name was Arthur Fellig, and he got the nickname "Weegee” on the NYC streets, known for his ability to capture the dark side of the city, and recognized as one of the first tabloid photographers.

Fellig earned his nickname, a phonetic rendering of Ouija, because of his frequent, seemingly prescient arrivals at scenes only minutes after crimes, fires or other emergencies were reported to authorities. He is variously said to have named himself Weegee or to have been named by either the staff at Acme Newspictures or by a police officer.

The more you know. Drink these in:


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