Weegee, [Charles Sodokoff and Arthur Webber using their top hats to hide their faces, New York], January 27, 1942
This image was shot by Weegee and published in the New York Daily News with the headline “In Top Hats–In Trouble” on January 27, 1942. These two men, Charles Sodokoff and Arthur Webber, are referred to in the Daily News as boys, although one is 28 and the other 32. They were apparently very drunk, and arrested for sliding down the banisters at Astor Bar. When a police officer arrived, the two men assaulted the cop.
Weegee worked as a press photographer, and was known for capturing unflinchingly realistic scenes of urban life, crime, injury and death.
Daniel Temkin, ICP-Bard MFA 2012