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Photographer of the Night
June 3, 2009 By M.H.    
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As part of Photo Month in Cracow, the National Museum in Cracow is hosting an exhibition of over 200 photographs by Weegee (1899-1968), who has been hailed as one of the world's finest photojournalists and a giant of 20th-century American photoreportage. All pictures on display are original prints from the private collection of Hendrik Berinson and many of them are rare and previously unseen items.

Weegee, real name Asher Fellig, was an American photographer and reporter born in Zolochiv, now in Ukraine. He came to New York City with his parents in 1909. In 1945, he published a photo album entitled Naked City which went on to inspire a famous documentary of the same title and a popular TV police drama series.

Weegee explored the dark side of New York City with its street life, poverty, crime and hunger. "Just like my camera, I have no inhibitions," he used to say. He mainly worked at night and had a darkroom in the trunk of his car so he could develop pictures right after he took them.

Although Weegee never had a formal education in photography, his pictures captivate viewers with their composition, use of light and their fascinating content.

National Museum in Cracow, 1, 3-go maja Ave. open through July 26. www.photomonth.com
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