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12/06/1899 - 26/12/1968
Weegee is the pseudonym for photographer and photo reporter Arthur Fellig. Weegee was originally born as Ascher Fellig but changed his name to Arthur when his family emigrated to New York.
Weegee is famous for his black and white street photography, showing deeply realistic scenes of urban life. Later, he worked in cinema collaborating with Jack Donahue and Stanley Kubrick.
The origin of Fellig's pseudonym, Weegee, is unknown.
There are various accounts that suggest that he was initially nicknamed "squeegee boy", in reference to the tool used to wipe prints in one of his first jobs. Later, he was named "Mr. Squeegee" in recognition of his ability of developing prints on the run. Subsequently, his nickname may have become Weegee as a phonetic spelling of "Ouija", because of his quasi-prescient ability to be at the right place at the right time to take pictures.

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