Unseen photos from Weegee, the cigar-chomping master of the NYC streets



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April 28, 1943

“Hep Cats in a Hurry — Hurry, Hurry, Hurry — Only 6000 Seats Left.”

Image: Weegee/International Center of Photography, Courtesy: Daniel Blau, Munich

Ascher Fellig was born in what is now Ukraine in 1899 and moved with his family to New York in 1909, where he changed his name to Arthur.

He worked as a photographer’s assistant and darkroom technician for several years before striking out on his own as a freelancer on the city streets, working out of a tiny apartment near police headquarters in lower Manhattan

With his seemingly supernatural ability to show up at accidents and crime scenes before anyone else, he was soon known by another name: Weegee. Read more…

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