“Weegee Has a Salon”


PM, August 27, 1941, p. 14

Weegee Has a Salon: Arthur Fellig, the night-prowling cameraman who turns in many of PM’s choicest pictures of fires, wrecks, rescues and crimes, is having a one-man show of his own at the Photo League, 31 E. 21st St. The exhibit will tun through Sept. 6.
PM, August 27, 1941, p. 14


Unidentified Photographer, [Weegee making a sign for his Photo League exhibition “Weegee: Murder Is My Business”], 1941 (19951.1993)


Unidentified Photographer, [Weegee touching up a photograph of Manuel Jiminez with nail polish for “Weegee: Murder Is My Business” at the Photo League, New York], 1941 (19955.1993)


Weegee, [Installation view of “Weegee: Murder Is My Business” at the Photo League, New York], August 1941 (19964.1993)


Weegee (1899-1968), [Installation view of “Weegee: Murder Is My Business” at the Photo League, New York], August 1941 (19972.1993)

It was a dark and stormy night… At 6:30 PM, on August 26th, 1941, “Torrential rains” poured into New York (the storm came from from New Jersey) and caused “the worst subway tie-up in history.” A bolt of lightning struck a gas main in a subway excavation in Brooklyn and started a three-alarm fire. The flames were one hundred and fifty feet tall. The storm started one hundred and seventy-nine fires in buildings. PM described it as “one of the most devastating downpours and lightning displays that most New Yorkers have ever seen.” Lightning snuffed out traffic lights on Ninth Avenue. 2.13 inches of rain fell in ninety minutes. Subways were flooded. Highways and streets were flooded. Over two hundred basements were flooded. Sewers were backed up. It was 89 degrees before the 90 minute storm started. The storm ended “abruptly at 8 PM.” No deaths were reported.

On a bright and sunny Sunday afternoon, one week before Weegee: Murder Is My Business opened, Weegee photographed an excursion ship stampede in which three woman were trampled to death on the 132nd Street Pier in Harlem. The photos are on display in the Sunday Tragedy section of the exhibition.

It was bright and sunny morning… The following day, Wednesday, August 27th, 1941, Weegee photographed the aftermath of a nightmarish crime scene that was published in PM with the title “Tragedy in Brooklyn: Mother Kills Three Children and Herself…” Proving, beyond a reasonable doubt, that murder was his business.


Weegee, [Installation view of “Weegee: Murder Is My Business” at the Photo League, New York], August 1941 (19970.1993)

This entry was posted in Fans in a Flashbulb and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s