Wednesday, November 16, 2016
PHOTOJOURNALIST of the week Bio
Arthur Fellig, born as Usher Fellig on June 12, 1899 in the town called Lemburg, which is now known as Ukraine. Three years after moving to America, where his name was changed to the more American sounding Arthur, Weegee began photographing at the age of 14. He was self taught, and he took quite a few photography related jobs in Manhattan 1918. Weegee eventually became a freelance photographer and started getting jobs around the police department. He eventually got permission to install a police scanner in his vehicle, which allowed him to get to crime scenes swiftly.
Weegee would take pictures that told the tales of the real world; of crime, murder, rape, and arson. Weegee's photos got into papers such as the Herald-Tribune, Daily News, Post, the Sun, and PM Weekly, among others.