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.