[Outline of a Murder Victim]

Weegee American, born Austria-Hungary

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Working as a freelance press photographer in New York City during the mid-1930s and 1940s, Weegee achieved notoriety through sensational photographs of a crime-ridden metropolis. Although his nickname derived from an earlier job as a "squeegee boy" drying photographic prints in a professional darkroom, through brazen self-styling he designated himself a human Ouija board, who always seemed to know where the next big scoop would be. In fact, he lived across the street from police headquarters and used a department-issued radio. Here, Weegee distills the genre of the crime scene photograph into a minimalist trace: the camera’s flashbulb illuminates a hastily drawn chalk outline bearing the stark label "HEAD."

[Outline of a Murder Victim], Weegee (American (born Austria-Hungary), Złoczów (Zolochiv, Ukraine) 1899–1968 New York), Gelatin silver print

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