Articles Tagged with: Lower East Side
Weegee | Murder Is My Business

From the excellent show at ICP last year.

Anthony Esposito, Accused “Cop Killer”, January 16, 1941 © Weegee

Anthony Esposito, Accused “Cop Killer”, January 16, 1941 © Weegee

 

I’m no part time dilettante photographer, unlike the bartenders, shoe salesmen, floorwalkers plumbers, barbers, grocery clerks and chiropractors whose great hobby is their camera. All their friends rave about what wonderful pictures they take. If they’re so good, why don’t they take pictures full—time, for a living, and make floor walking, chiropractics, etc., their hobby? But everyone wants to play it safe. They’re afraid to give up their pay checks and their security they might miss a meal.

– Weegee

 

Shorty, the Bowery Cherub, New Year’s Eve at Sammy’s Bar, New York], 1943 © Weegee

Shorty, the Bowery Cherub, New Year’s Eve at Sammy’s Bar, New York], 1943 © Weegee

Their first murder, October 8, 1941 © Weegee

Their first murder, October 8, 1941 © Weegee

 

What I did, anybody can do.

– Weegee

 

Line-Up for Night Court, ca. 1941 © Weegee

Line-Up for Night Court, ca. 1941 © Weegee

Behind Bars...For Being a Dope..., ca. 1936 © Weegee

Behind Bars…For Being a Dope…, ca. 1936 © Weegee

On the Spot, December 9, 1939 © Weegee

On the Spot, December 9, 1939 © Weegee

 

Many photographers live in a dream world of beautiful backgrounds. It wouldn’t hurt them to get a taste of reality to wake them up. Anyone who looks for life can find it… and they don’t need to photograph ashcans. The average camera fan reminds me of Pollyanna, with a lollypop in one hand and a camera in the other. You can’t be a Nice Nelly and take news pictures.
So, keep your eyes open. If you see anything, take it. Remember – you’re as good as your last picture. One day you’re hero, the next day you’re a bum…

– Weegee

 

On the Spot, December 9, 1939 © Weegee

On the Spot, December 9, 1939 © Weegee

Body of Dominick Didato, Elizabeth Street, New York, August 7, 1936 © Weegee

Body of Dominick Didato, Elizabeth Street, New York, August 7, 1936 © Weegee

At an East Side Murder, 1943© Weegee

At an East Side Murder, 1943© Weegee

Killing Over a Glass of Warm Beer, July 31, 1941 © Weegee

Killing Over a Glass of Warm Beer, July 31, 1941 © Weegee

Police officer and lodge member looking at blanket-covered body of woman trampled to death in excursion-ship stampede, New York, August 18, 1941 © Weegee

Police officer and lodge member looking at blanket-covered body of woman trampled to death in excursion-ship stampede, New York, August 18, 1941 © Weegee

Police officer and assistant removing body of Reception Hospital ambulance driver Morris Linker from East River, New York, August 24, 1943 © Weegee

Police officer and assistant removing body of Reception Hospital ambulance driver Morris Linker from East River, New York, August 24, 1943 © Weegee


Union Square | Free Cocaine

I was standing outside Steak Frites on 16th Street, smoking a cigarette, waiting for my friend to come out when a well-dressed gentleman exited the restaurant and asked me if I wanted to take some coke off his hands. Sure. Why not? Those days were long over for me but free is free. Coke is just the rich man’s coffee but I have rich friends that wouldn’t have minded a gift bag. He said that he had too much and that he and his wife were fighting. He palm passed it to me and on cue, his wife appeared and gave me the stink eye.

Free drugs on the street. What kind of town is this? But no worries. On the way to meeting my friends in the LES on Friday night, I actually lost the little glassine bag and my Klipsch ear bud headphones somewhere on Houston near the F train.

What a moron.

Free cocaine. Someone got a gift on Houston St. last night

Free cocaine. Someone got a gift on Houston St. last night


Houston & Chrystie

Sorry, I forgot his name but this guy was from New York, had lived in Venice Beach and was probably headed back there for the winter. And yes, he knows Roller Skating Hendrix guy.

Houston & Chrystie, sometime in August 2009; Leica M6 TTL, Kodak Tri-X

Houston & Chrystie, sometime in August 2009; Leica M6 TTL, Kodak Tri-X