|Weegee could easily be
described as one of the most important freelance
photojournalists who ever worked in the profession.
Although the last years of his life were melancholy, what
he accomplished, in one decade of news photography from
the mid-1930s through the mid-1940s, is an extraordinary
chronicle of New York. The publication of his epic, Naked
City, will always be considered a classic love
affair between a photographer and his subject. In
Weegee's case, the subject was New York, and his
photographs became the frozen moments that are the icons
of urban life in its calm, joy, and chaos during that
Miles Barth, Weegee's World
images ©1994, International Center of Photography, New York,
Bequest of Wilma Wilcox.
Text ©1997 International Center of Photography, from Weegee's World by Miles Barth, A Bulfinch Press Book, Little, Brown and Company. All rights reserved.