New York As Weegee Saw It Vs. New York Today

March 26, 2015 | Liam Mathews

The Daily Mail has some incredible photos taken by legendary street photographer Weegee. The photos are from the International Center for Photography’s archives and will soon be published in a new book called The Weegee Guide To New York, presented side-by-side with recent shots from the same spots.

Weegee was a photojournalist who captured gritty images of city life from the 1930s until his death in 1968. Born Ascher Fellig, he adopted the pseudonym “Weegee” — a phonetic spelling of Ouijia — because of his uncanny ability to show up at crime scenes moments after they were reported, often even before police. He is best known for his crime scene photography and originating the phrase “The Naked City.”