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Traveling Exhibition

  • Weegee, [Anthony Esposito, booked on suspicion of killing a policeman, New York], January 16, 1941. © Weegee/International Center of Photography.
  • Weegee, ["Ruth Snyder Murder" wax display, Eden Musée, Coney Island, New York], ca. 1941. © Weegee/International Center of Photography.
  • Weegee, [Installation view of "Weegee: Murder Is My Business" at the Photo League, New York], 1941. © Weegee/International Center of Photography.
  • Weegee, At an East Side Murder, 1943. © Weegee/International Center of Photography.
  • Weegee, [Police officer and assistant removing body of Reception Hospital ambulance driver Morris Linker from East River, New York], August 24, 1943. © Weegee/International Center of Photography.
  • Weegee, [Hats in pool room, Mulberry Street, New York], ca. 1943. © Weegee/International Center of Photography.

Weegee: Murder Is My Business


For an intense decade between 1935 and 1946, Weegee (1899–1968) was one of the most relentlessly inventive figures in American photography. His graphically dramatic and often lurid photographs of New York crimes and news events set the standard for what has become known as tabloid journalism. Freelancing for a variety of New York newspapers and photo agencies, and later working as photo editor for the short-lived liberal daily PM (1940–48), Weegee established a way of combining photographs and texts that was distinctly different from that promoted by other picture magazines, such as Life. Utilizing other distribution venues, Weegee also wrote extensively (including his autobiographical Naked City, published in 1945) and organized his own exhibitions at the Photo League. This exhibition draws upon on the extensive Weegee Archive at ICP and includes environmental recreations of Weegee's apartment and exhibitions. The exhibition is organized by ICP Chief Curator Brian Wallis.

Content: 100 framed photographs, magazines, newspapers, films

Approximate running feet: 400

For information about this traveling exhibition, please contact travelingexhibitions@icp.org or 212.857.9738.

Tour Venues

FotoMuseum | Antwerp, Belgium
October 18, 2012–January 27, 2013