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Weegee: Murder Is My Business at the International Center of Photography in New York

NEW YORK, NY.- Gangland murders, gruesome car crashes, and perilous tenement fires were for the photographer Weegee (1899—1968) the staples of his flashlit black-and-white work as a freelance photojournalist in the mid-1930s. Such graphically dramatic and sometimes sensationalistic photographs of New York crimes and news events set the standard for what has since become known as tabloid journalism. In fact, for one intense decade, between 1935 and 1946, Weegee was perhaps the most relentlessly inventive figure in American photography. A surprising new exhibition at the International Center of Photography, titled Weegee: Murder Is My Business and organized by ICP Chief Curator Brian Wallis, presents some rare examples of Weegee’s most famous and iconic images, and considers his early work in the context of its original presentation in historical newspapers and exhibitions, as well as Weegee’s own books and films. Tak