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Naked City - WEEGEE - 1945. 
1945 - WEEGEE. Naked City. New York: Essential Books, (1945). Octavo, original light brown cloth, photographic front endpapers, original dust jacket. $4500.First edition of Weegee's "photobook masterpiece" (Parr & Badger), profusely illustrated with 239 powerful, gritty black-and-white photogravures documenting pleasures and pain, life and death in mid-1940s New York City, in scarce first-issue dust jacket.Polish-born Arthur Felig, who immigrated to the United States in 1910 and taught himself photography, was dubbed "Ouija" by New York City cops in the 1930s for his uncanny ability to appear at crime scenes before the police did. A tabloid-news photographer for the Daily News, Herald Tribune and Post, Weegee in many ways created his own legend"""that of the cigar-chomping sensationalist paparazzo." With the over 200 vivid photogravures assembled in Naked City, Weegee created a "photobook masterpiece". one of the great documentary photobooks". His Naked City is essentially a nocturnal book, to be put alongside Brassaï and Brandt". Beneath its Rabelaisian tough-guy exterior, this is a book with heart" (Parr & Badger I:145). When Naked City was adapted to the screen, Weegee "went to Hollywood to make several short films and to act in others. But he is best remembered as the chronicler of a particular place and time: New York City in the first half of the 20th century" (Roth, 118). As Earl Wilson put it, "Weegee is an O. Henry with a camera." First edition, first issue; first-issue dust jacket, with $4.00 price on front flap. Icons of Photography, 94. Open Book, 142-43. Book fine, original dust jacket expertly restored. A most desirable copy of a most significant American photobook. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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