Weegee, Watermain Burst Uproots Madison Avenue, ca. 1940, black-and-white photograph, 6 3/4 x 8 6/16". © Weegee/International Center of Photography.

New York


International Center of Photography Museum (ICP)
250 Bowery
June 9 - August 27

Curated by Cynthia Young

The exhibition title “Unknown Weegee” certainly sounds promising, since Weegee (aka Usher “Arthur” Fellig, 1899–1968) is about as unknown as Diane Arbus. Even twelve-year-old photography enthusiasts are familiar with his images of pullulating masses at Coney Island; rich, freaky old bags at the opera; and vicious crime scenes. But guest curator Cynthia Young has drawn upon the International Center of Photography’s unique archive of nearly twenty thousand prints by this echt–New York tabloid-news shutterbug to present some one hundred images that have never been shown. Archival photographs, as well as a catalogue with essays by Young and photography historian Luc Sante, supplement the artist’s pictures and flesh out the contours of a Weegee we haven’t as yet encountered.