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For Naked City, his first collection, Weegee cruised the teeming streets of 1940s New York in the wee hours in search of the sensational. His photographs were lewd, louche, and licentious but always brimming with life (except when they were brimming with death).
Weegee's profound influence on other photographers over the last half-century derives not only from his sensation
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Paperback, 244 pages
Published December 18th 2002 by Da Capo Press (first published November 30th 1944)
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Christopher E
Apr 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
This particular edition ISBN 13: 9780306812040/ISBN 10: 0306812045
Da Capo Press should be avoided if at all possible.

This particular edition is printed on matte paper stock and thus almost all of the images are illegible. I cannot say what the originals looked like but the images /in this edition look as though they were produced on a photocopy machine. Whatever subtle hues in the original photographers are washed out of this printing in splotches of black and white. Avoid this edition.
Christopher
Apr 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
This particular edition ISBN 13: 9780306812040/ISBN 10: 0306812045
Da Capo Press should be avoided if at all possible.

This particular edition is printed on matte paper stock and thus almost all of the images are illegible. I cannot say what the originals looked like but the images /in this edition look as though they were produced on a photocopy machine. Whatever subtle hues in the original photographers are washed out of this printing in splotches of black and white. Avoid this edition.
Mike
May 18, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: photography
Weegee devoted his life to the seedy side of life and photography. He also was a bit of a self-centered asshole; but he didn't hide anything, so he was the type asshole you could respect and even enjoy. Very cool reading about how he'd scoop other photographers and often be getting done shooting as cops arrived at a crime-scene.
Chas Andrews
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Kat
Naked City is one of the classic books of photojournalism. Weegee, scandal and crime photographer, made his mark in the 40s with his trademark Speed Graphic, shooting pictures for Time magazine and newspapers. He worked quickly to turn around his images, with a developing studio in his car trunk and a police scanner by his bed. Weegee's nocturnal work is famous for documenting New York, capturing aspects of the people who inhabited this city - from Harlem to Coney Island. This book is well worth ...more
Jeff
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nyc_history
Weegee's Naked City is, of course, New York City and this photo essay of the city is a must for anyone interested in the history of this great city. Written in 1945 it mostly covers the early forties, the war years, and includes now famous photos such as the beach shot at Coney Island (see below), opening night at the Met and bobbysoxers at a Sinatra concert.

Weegee (Usher Fellig) also includes a chapter of advice for those who would choose photography as a profession as well as brief chapters on
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Aaron
Jan 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
I would imagine that for the times these were great photos and as historical record they probably deserve better than two stars. However, the prose, written by Fellig (Weegee) himself is sketchy and juvenile and the photos are pedestrian. I assume he's the forerunner of photojournalism, but today he'd be paparazzi at best, an amateur ambulance chaser is more accurate. Plus, the advice he gives for aspiring photographers is extremely dated and is mostly common sense. It's hard to say I read this ...more
Nish
May 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
There is some overlap with Weegee's World in this collection or visa-versa. The usual lineup of Weegee fare includes fires, murders, children playing, discrimination in Harlem, class hierarchy, lovers in Coney Island, and other scenes from a New York City long gone. Pictures like this are essential for anyone trying to understand the dark underbelly of NYC in the early 20th century.

Karla
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
I'd seen some of these pictures before, namely "The Critic", but didn't know the photographer was such a cult figure. As I was flipping through the book, the term "Nightcrawler" came to mind and a quick Google shows that the comparison's been made before.

The quality of the photos is mentioned in several other reviews, and they are pretty terrible. Much better quality exists online in image searches. Da Capo's edition had a crappy "Hollywood Babylon" feel about it.

2 stars for this edition's execu
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Tom Romig
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Weegee (Arthur Fellig) captures in photos and sprightly text the intrigue of the night (and, occasionally, the day) in New York City in the early 1940s. Fires, crimes, the opera, open air sleeping, assignations at the beach, Frank Sinatra and the bobbysoxers, and much more, with special stops in Harlem, the Bowery, and Coney Island. (Photos in this edition are grainy since they apparently are not from negatives but were shot from the original edition. A minor inconvenience.)
Laçin
Much impressed by the directness, honesty, grace and respect reflected from the pictures captured by Weegee. We are not talking about coffee table books, glossy pictures, fancy covers. This is a document of the art of unpretentious documentary.
Sandra
May 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Esta edición es terrible, no se aprecia prácticamente ninguna de las fotografías con claridad... Una pena.
Andrea J.
May 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A man whose work I admire.
Natalie
Oct 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Unique, insightful glimpse of light and darkness, life and death captured through the lens of a genius!
Bader
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: photography
A journey has to be taken with Weegee for both his photos and words.
Harry Pray IV
Jan 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Amazing Photographer. He created images long ago that hold up to today's artistic standards/tastes.
Dipra Lahiri
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Pioneering street photographer, quick witted and quick fingered. The images and associated commentary are simply marvellous, a window to eternal human flaws and frailties.
Don Morrison
Oct 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've been looking at this book since I found it on my parents' bookshelf at age 4. It never gets old.
Jenny Sellars
Aug 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I looked at this book, not read it obviously. Weegee was the best. Wish I could go back in time to experience NYC as he knew it.
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Weegee was the pseudonym of Arthur Fellig (June 12, 1899 - December 26, 1968), an American photographer and photojournalist, known for his stark black and white street photography.
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