The Human Touch, 1935-1945
Arthur Fellig—better known as Weegee—helped define the look and feel of modern street photography with his dazzling black-and-white photos of life in New York. Beginning in the mid-1930s, Weegee grew his reputation as a freelance press photographer with a knack for capturing sensational moments—from crimes to fires to all manner of accidents—around the city, often taking to the streets at night on the prowl for newsworthy happenings.
“The Human Touch, 1935-1945” looks at the iconic photographer’s achievements in the years leading up to and during World War II. While Weegee’s crime reporting is well-represented in all its grisly glory, the exhibition also shows off his softer side with scenes of children at play and public celebrations.
Weegee, Premature Celebration, 1945. Silver gelatin print on glossy fibre paper, 8 1/2 x 6 5/8 inches. Framed dimensions: 15 7/8 x 13 3/8 inches.