Coney Island
Coney Island at noon Saturday, July 5th, 1952
The summer of 1940, when PM made its debut, was unusually hot. Weegee was asked to make a series of photographs showing how New Yorkers were surviving the record temperatures. The result was one of Weegee's most remembered and reproduced photographs. In a similar crowd image, the caption shows just how much Weegee was after the people side of the story.

The crowd came later according to Weegee who wanted a photo that showed some beach and not too many people. The masked man said he was a laundry man, but would only be photographed incognito. The mask is a gag of his: he calls himself the Spider, and likes to frighten people. Weegee didn't get the names and addresses of the others in the photo, either. PM Story and Photo by Weegee

Photographic 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.