Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Arthur Fellig

He is one of the best photographers ever. Completely untrained and passionate, Fellig has been impersonated time after time by photographers and actors alike. Starting as a New York Times "squegee boy", Fellig soon rose to become one of the best journalistic photographers ever. He went by Weegee, the phoenetic of Ouija, because of his uncanny ability to get to crime scenes and fires before the proper authorities. The first journalist to have a police radio in his car in New York City, Weegee also had a portable darkroom in his trunk. Relentless and stark, his images mimic his personality. This weather always make me think of Weegee.

1 comment:

Ivy said...

Cool. That second photo is on the cover of poet Ai's book Vice.