Laura Levine
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Weegee Speaks!
posted: June 22, 2009
Last year I purchased an estate collection of over 15,000 vinyl records to sell in my vintage shop in the Catskills, The Mystery Spot. It's been great fun to go through the vinyl - there are some real gems there - but by far my favorite find has been this LP from 1958,  Famous Photographers Tell How.

It includes recorded commentary from Henri Cartier-Bresson,Philiipe Halsman, Bert Stern, Arthur Rothstein, and the great Weegee. The Weegee cut alone is worth the price of admission. His voice reminds me of the older relatives I grew up with in Brooklyn and the Lower East Side, a way of speaking which is sadly nearly extinct in this day and age.

"Now the easiest kind of a job was a murder, because the stiff would be laying on the ground. He couldn't get up and walk away and get tempermental and he would be good for at least two hours."

My friend Ted Barron was kind enough to post the Weegee clip and some more information on his wonderful blog, Boogie Woogie Flu.
8 comments
Zina June 22, 2009
Wow, this looks great, Laura, and I love what you quoted him saying.
Christoph Hitz June 22, 2009
Wow, what a gem, do you plan sell the "Candid" record?
Joe Ciardiello June 22, 2009
I love Weegee's photos, great to hear his voice... and what a voice. Thanks for posting this, Laura.
Peter Cusack June 22, 2009
HOLY SHIT!!!!! Could you post more? I'm listening to Weegee now!!!!
Laura June 22, 2009
Thanks, all. Yes, Christoph, I do plan to sell the record, just need to figure out how. Peter, so sorry, that's all there is of him (about 10 minutes).
Dale Stephanos June 22, 2009
Okay, that alone is worth a trip from Boston. Great stuff Laura.
Steve Brodner June 23, 2009
Wow, wow, wow. Thanks so much for this. It's a lost time, place and sensibility. I love that the drunk didn't have character!!! He is, as he would say, a gen-u-INE diamond. Weegee lives. BTW, can you picture the scene of Weegee conferring with Stieglitz? Great.
randy enos June 23, 2009
Thanks so much for this. My son Kris and I are big Weegee fans...he's going to love hearing this.
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