Happiness: Happy Together


Weegee, [Children playing in water sprayed from open fire hydrant, Upper West Side, New York], ca. 1945 (Portfolio 14)


Weegee, Dancing is free in Central Park, 1945 (14854.1993)


Weegee, [Alexander Calder and friends, New York], ca. 1945 (16377.1993)


Weegee, Jazz, New York, ca. 1955 (15953.1993)


Weegee, [Jazz concert, New York], ca. 1945 (132.1982)

What do the Buddhist Himalayan nation of Bhutan and the photographer Weegee have in common?

Happiness!

The Weegee Archive has proclaimed March 21 the International Day of Happiness Photography (IDHAP resolution 06/12) recognizing the relevance of happiness and well-being in photographs and photography as universal goals and aspirations and as subject matter in photographs and for photographers around the world.

What is the International Day of Happiness Photography? It’s a day look at and make happy photographs, of course! (Don’t be silly.) Since 2019, the Weegee Archive has celebrated the International Day of Happiness as a way to recognize the importance of happiness in the photographs around the world.

The International Day of Happiness Photography resolution was initiated by the Weegee Archive, an archive which recognized the value of national happiness over national income since the early 1920s and infamously adopted the goal of Gross National Happiness over Gross National Product. We also hosted a High Level Meeting on “Happiness and Well-Being: Defining a New Photographic Paradigm” during the sixty-sixth minute of a recent staff meeting. The findings will be published in a forthcoming happiness in photography report.

In the international photography rankings, with a Gross National Happiness quotient of 88.23%, there are more happy people per photo in Weegee’s photos than any other photographer… Weegee’s People are happy people…


Weegee, “One young woman dressed like this.” March 16, 1942 (15743.1993)

“What is the International Day of Happiness? It’s a day to be happy, of course! Since 2013, the United Nations has celebrated the International Day of Happiness as a way to recognize the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world.”

The General Assembly of the United Nations in its resolution 66/281PDF document of 12 July 2012 proclaimed 20 March the International Day of Happiness recognizing the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world and the importance of their recognition in public policy objectives. It also recognized the need for a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes sustainable development, poverty eradication, happiness and the well-being of all peoples.

The resolution was initiated by Bhutan, a country which recognized the value of national happiness over national income since the early 1970s and famously adopted the goal of Gross National Happiness over Gross National Product. It also hosted a High Level Meeting on “Happiness and Well-Being: Defining a New Economic Paradigm” during the sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly. un.org

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