Weegee, whose real name was Arthur Fellig, was a New York city street photographer whose major body of work was done between the mid-1930’s and the mid-1940’s. One of his most famous works, a photo called The Critic, was taken in 1943. The smugness of the two ladies in tiaras literally drips from the piece. I’ve coveted this print for years, and finally got a good bid to buy it from a New York gallery. My collection is now complete.
Much of Weegee’s work was of lurid mob hits and other crime-related photos — interesting work, but nothing I’d hang on my wall. As much as I love Diane Arbus, she took many shots I wouldn’t hang on my wall either.