Vintage 8 x 10 inch silver gelatin photograph, with ferrotype finish. Slight piece lacking from the blank margin of the upper left corner, a few faint creases; else very good. Tipped to archival mat board with a window over-mat, 14 x 17 inches. On the blank reverse is stamped " This Photo sold for use by one Publication only... CREDIT LINE MUST READ Photo by A. FELLIG, 5 Center Market Place, N.Y.C." Faint date stamp of Nov. 22, 1937, and in the photographer's hand is written in ink "Spot Murder at W 37th st. between 11 - 12th Aves." Item #51182
Arthur Fellig left his darkroom job at Acme Newspictures in 1935 to strike out on his own as a freelance photographer in New York. He rented a room across from police headquarters on Center Market Place, and monitored the police emergency signals on his own radio and would race to the scene of the crime or fire. In 1938, he had obtained official permission to install a police radio in his car, the only photographer granted such license. His photos prior to 1938 bears his stamped credit as A. Fellig, and near this time his credit stamp changed to Weegee, from Ouija board, given his ability to appear as if by foretelling of the event. This photograph is an iconic vintage Weegee - as he wrote in his autobiography, "murder is my business."