The 335 photographs collected in this new softcover reprint tell the astonishing story of New York during one of its most violent and exciting periods. The introductory essay is by the former editor of Art Forum, John Coplans.
Essay by Weegee
Weegee (1899-1968),was born Arthur Fellig in what is now a part of Poland and arrived in New York at the age of ten. During his ten years at Manhattans police headquarters he published 5,000 photos that made him the most famous of a new breed of hardboiled news photographers.
His book Naked City (later made into a film) was published in 1945, followed in 1953 by Naked Hollywood.
John Coplans, born in 1920 in England, immigrated to the US in 1960. In 1962 he founded the periodical Artforum serving as its editor until 1980. He was director of the Art Gallery of University of California at Irvine; senior curator at the Pasadena Art Museum; and director of the Akron Art Museum, Ohio. At age sixty he took up photography full-time.
March 2006, softcover 9 x 11 1⁄2 in. / 23 x 29 cm, 388 pages 335 duotone plates, ISBN 388814874X