Toronto's Ryerson Image Centre is currently hosting an expansive exhibition from legendary New York City photographer - Weegee. Working throughout the 1930's and 40's, Weegee (born Ascher Fellig) was a pioneer in the field of tabloid journalism and street photography, documenting the city with a raw, gruesome and sensationalist style that had never been seen before.
Working almost exclusively at night, Weegee captured the turbulent side of post-prohibition New York City characterized by mob shootings, fires and car accidents. His moniker - rumoured to be inspired by the Ouija board, describes his seemingly mythical ability to arrive before the police and capture both the brutal scenes and the shocked faces of onlookers.
One of the first to explore and expose the American underbelly, 'Weegee The Famous' inspired the likes of Andy Warhol, Robert Frank and Diane Arbus and continued to work in photography and film till his death in 1968.
Weegee: Murder Is My Business
Exhibition Period: October 14, 2015 - Dec 13, 2015 Organizer: Ryerson Image Centre
Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street
Weegee: Murder Is My Business (installation view), 2015 © Riley Snelling, Ryerson Image Centre
Weegee Anthony Esposito, Accused "Cop Killer," January 16, 1941 © Weegee/Internation Center of Photography
Unidentified Photographer On the Spot, December 9 1939 International Center of Photography
Weegee (Body of Dominick Didato, Elizabeth Street, New York), August 7, 1936 © Weegee/International Center of Photography
Weegee (Police officer and lodge member looking at blanket-covered body of woman trampled to death in excursion-ship stampede, New York), August 18, 1941 © Weegee/International Center of Photography
Weegee Hold up man killed, November 24, 1941 © Weegee/International Center of Photography