Weegee Nighttime Black and White Photography



Weegee was a famous photographer in the 1930s and 1940s who build his reputation around creating stark black-and-white nighttime photos of Manhattan's seedy night life. He called himself Weegee because, like a Ouija board, he knew where the exciting stuff was happening. His real name was Ascher Fellig.

If you Google "Weegee Photos" you can find quite a range of his works. They often involve a sense of glancing into a nighttime world that is in motion and alive. One unseen by most. They tend to have black blacks and bright whites. Rather than a posed scene, they are more a glimpse into what's really going on.

On October 25, 2014 the Blackstone Valley Art Association did a nighttime trip to Salem, Massachusetts in order to seek out Weegee-style photos. Here are three of my favorite Weegee-style photos from that trip. I probably didn't crank the contrast enough on them - they're still too grey-scale to be truly Weegee.

Salem Massachusetts WeeGee Night Photo Shoot Photo

Salem Massachusetts WeeGee Night Photo Shoot Photo

Salem Massachusetts WeeGee Night Photo Shoot Photo

This next one isn't in Weegee style, but I do like it anyway. It reminds me of the "animated" nature images that a friend, Bob Evans, takes.

Salem Massachusetts WeeGee Night Photo Shoot Photo

Here is the full set of photos from the night shoot, in their original, colored form:

Salem Massachusetts WeeGee Night Photo Shoot Photo Slideshow Main Page

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