Weegee: Murder Is My Business

Anthony Esposito, Accused “Cop Killer,” 1941, © Weegee/International Center of Photography

Exhibition on view:
January 20–September 2, 2012

International Center of Photography
1133 Ave of the Americas
New York, NY
(212) 857-0000

Weegee’s nocturnal scenes of urban life, crime, and death will be on display at the International Center for Photography in an exhibition titled, Murder Is My Business, arranged by ICP Chief Curator Brian Wallis.

An extensive collection of Weegee’s photographs from 1935–1946 of blood-spattered New York crime scenes with haunting imagery of sheet-covered bodies and felons in handcuffs will be on view. Complimenting the show is an environmental replica of Weegee’s actual apartment and recreations of past exhibitions.

Weegee freelanced for a variety of New York newspapers and photo agencies. Tuning in to police radio bands, he would arrive to crime scenes minutes after incidents occurred. Fashioning a darkroom out of his car trunk, the grittiness of Weegee’s aesthetic and obsession with photojournalism is evident when observing his work.

Weegee’s images have been published in numerous issues of Aperture magazine, most recently in issue 201.

In conjunction with this exhibition, ICP will be offering “Weegee’s Night Walks” around New York City. More information can be found here.

Additionally, WEEGEE: Naked City is being exhibited at the Steven Kasher Gallery through February 25.