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Weegee’s Bowery

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The ICP gallery at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City presents works by legendary New York press photographer Arthur Fellig, aka Weegee. Through 5 August, 2016.

“Weegee’s Bowery” looks back to the Bowery in the 1940s and 1950s through a selection of images by Arthur Fellig, the legendary New York press photographer — better known as Weegee. His photographs show the Bowery when it was still New York’s Skid Row. The exhibition includes an extensive selection of Weegee’s photographs of a raucous nightclub and cabaret called Sammy’s on the Bowery, located at 267 Bowery.

Weegee, born Usher Fellig 1899, in the town of Lemberg (now in Ukraine), died 1968 in New York. Self-taught, he held many other photography-related jobs before gaining regular employment at a photography studio in lower Manhattan in 1918. This job led him to others at a variety of newspapers until, in 1935, he became a freelance news photographer.

He centered his practice around police headquarters and in 1938 obtained permission to install a police radio in his car. This allowed him to take the first and most sensational photographs of news events and offer them for sale to publications such as the Herald-Tribune, Daily News, Post, and PM Weekly, among others. Weegee published his photographs in several books, including Naked City (1945), Weegee’s People (1946), and Naked Hollywood (1953).

Please find more information at International Center of Photography (ICP)

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