During his storied career as the quintessential New York photojournalist, Weegee explored the city's least glamorous pockets, depicting brutal crimes, horrific accidents, tenement dwellers, street vendors, and mischievous kids. And although his perspective was often dark and cynical, he was also tremendously sentimental about his subjects' hard lives. This unique guide offers a series of excursions through Weegee's stamping grounds, from the Bowery to Midtown, the West Side to the East, and with a little Brooklyn thrown in. Divided into eleven neighborhood sections, it includes contemporary and period maps to aid the intrepid explorer or casual rambler as they retrace Weegee's steps from murder scene to car wreck to street fight. Best of all, it features hundreds of photographs - many never-before published and all drawn from the archives of the International Center of Photography - that reinforce Weegee's lasting vision of New York as a city both tough and resilient, a city that never sleeps. Published in association with International Center of Photography.
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 907 g
Dimensions: 230 x 130 mm
"Fans . . . will delight in seeing newly published photographs . . . also suited to history buffs and New York City enthusiasts . . . [This guide] contextualizes Weegee's output during a pivotal period of American history."
--Shannon Marie Robinson, Denison Univ. Lib., Granville, OH, Library Journal
"This small volume is divided into 11 mapped-out neighborhood sections that feature new and old photographs from the darkly cynical master."
"Though the New York of the 1930s and 1940s is long gone, the memories will live forever in the photographs taken by . . . Weegee . . . Weegee developed his signature black-and-white style by working as a press photographer, and over the years he published a number of books . . . and collaborated on films with notable directors like Stanley Kubrick."
--Photo District News
"The Weegee Guide to New York, a book of his Great Depression-and World War II-era New York work, is a compelling portrait of the city in one of its most vulnerable times."
"A gritty reminded of street life in the '30s and '40s."
--The New York Times