As legend tells it, Arthur Fellig earned the nickname Weegee during his early career as a freelance press photographer in New York City. His apparent sixth sense for crime often led him to a scene well ahead of the police. Observers likened this sense, actually derived from tuning his radio to the police frequency, to the Ouija board, the popular fortune-telling game. Spelling it phonetically, Fellig took Weegee as his professional name. - Getty Museum
Weegee used a 4x5 Speed Graphic press camera and flash exclusively throughout his career; and is not known for his printing virtuosity, but for the elements of social critique in his photographs. He was a flamboyant character, and revelled in his own notoreity and mythology. - The Museum of Modern Art
Weegee was the pseudonym of Arthur (Usher) Fellig (June 12, 1899 – December 26, 1968), a photographer and photojournalist, known for his stark black and white street photography. Weegee worked in Manhattan, New York City's Lower East Side as a press photographer during the 1930s and 1940s, and he developed his signature style by following the city's emergency services and documenting their activity.
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...
I had so many unsold murder pictures lying around my room...I felt as if I were renting out a wing of the City Morgue.
If I had a picture of two handcuffed criminals being booked, I would cut the picture in half and get five bucks for each.
News photography teaches you to think fast.
My name is Weegee. I’m the world’s greatest photographer...
Sure. I’d like to live regular. Go home to a good-looking wife, a hot dinner and a husky kid. But I guess I got film in my blood. I love this racket. It’s exciting. It’s dangerous. It’s funny. It’s tough. It’s heartbreaking.
People are so wonderful that a photographer has only to wait for that breathless moment to capture what he wants on film.