Weegee: Photographer Extraordinaire
Born in Lvov, Ukraine, Weegee was a photojournalist who rose to celebrity status for his on-the-spot photos of daily news events in New York City. Taking the name Weegee (Ouija board) from his ability to be at the scene within moments, he actually had a police radio in his car and hook-in to hear police alarms near his bed. He photographed crime scenes, urban disasters, celebrities, and everyday street life, famous for his strategic, confrontational approach. His first book of photography, Naked City, was published in 1945.