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Weegee by Weegee. An Autobiography.

Published: New York: Ziff-Davis Publishing Company, 1961

Stock code: 110103

Price: £975

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First edition, first printing. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed boldly in ink on the half title page: “To Tiny Haberman – the world’s greatest photographer, signed Weegee 1964”. A splendid association copy, linking two outstanding photographers and fellow New Yorkers. Weegee, the pseudonym of Arthur Fellig (1899-1968), developed his signature photographic style by following the city’s emergency services and documenting their activity. In 1938, he was the only New York newspaper reporter with a permit to have a portable police-band shortwave radio. He listened closely to police broadcasts and prided himself on beating the authorities to the scene, keeping a portable darkroom in the trunk of his car in order to get his freelance product to the newspapers first. He later also worked in cinema, initially making his own short films and later collaborating with film directors such as Jack Donohue and Stanley Kubrick. Irving Haberman (1916-2003) was one of the pre-eminent photojournalists of the 20th-century. Laid-in is a note from Haberman’s widow Beulah (on her headed stationery) stating: “This book is inscribed to Irving from Author”.

Octavo. Original black cloth, gilt lettered spine, gilt facsimile of Weegee’s studio stamp on front cover. With the dust jacket. Portrait frontispiece of Weegee by Philippe Halsman and 57 full-page plates. Jacket with short closed-tear at foot of front panel. An excellent copy.

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