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The Great Weegee AKA Arthur Fellig The year was 1945 the sun was slowly lowering over New York City Most people were just settling down for the night That is if they werent planning to go out on the town New York was a hot spot for after hour nightclubs These were real social events a lot of jazz and coffee At this point in history New York was also notorious for its Mob activities Where the Mob was there were murders where there were murders thats where youd find Weegee He was the only shutterbug that would make it to a murder scene before the cops Weegee was the best free-lance photographer that New York has ever had Weegee loved New York and New York eventually loved Weegee Weegee was born June 12 1899 in Austria under the name Usher Fellig Shortly after he was born his father left for America where he was a Rabbi while saving enough money to send for the rest of his family At the age of ten Weegee with his mother and three brothers finally arrived to America At Ellis Island Weegees name was changed from Usher to Arthur Aperture 5-9 As far as education Weegee made it through the eighth grade with no problem at all However the family needed money and Weegee was needed to help work He worked a lot of odd jobs as most people did at the time He helped his father with a pushcart business he even worked at a candy store for a while It was when he had his picture taken by a street tintype photographer that he decided that this was what he was meant to do Weegee often said that he was A natural-born photographer with hypo in my blood He quickly ordered a tintype outfit from a Chicago mail-order house and after a few months he got his first job as a commercial photographer After a
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