Weegee’s Bowery in the ICP Gallery at Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, May 1- August 5, 2016

Weegee’s Bowery will look back to the Bowery in the 1940s and 1950s through a selection of images by Arthur Fellig, the legendary New York press photographer — better known as Weegee. The 39 prints on view have been chosen by ICP Weegee specialist Christopher George from ICP’s holdings of more than 20,000 Weegee photographs.

Weegee’s photographs show the Bowery when it was still New York’s Skid Row. A gathering point for derelicts and down-and-out transients who huddled in the shadow of the Third Avenue elevated railway, it was notorious for its fleabag hotels, flop houses that offered 25-cent-per-night beds, and crowded all-night missions that provided food and shelter to those who could afford neither.” — International Center of Photography (ICP)

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Weegee, All night mission, Bowery, New York, 1940, © Weegee / International Center of Photography.

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Weegee, Sammy’s Night Club on the Bowery, December 1944, © Weegee / International Center of Photography.

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Weegee, Shorty, the Bowery Cherub, New Year’s Eve at Sammy’s Bar, New York, 1943, © Weegee / International Center of Photography.

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Weegee, Shop window of tattoo parlor, New York, ca. 1943, © Weegee / International Center of Photography.

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Weegee, The Bowery Savings Bank, December 4, 1944, © Weegee / International Center of Photography.

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Weegee, U.S. Hotel at 263 Bowery, 1943-45, © Weegee / International Center of Photography.

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Weegee, Under the Third Avenue El, 1943-45, © Weegee / International Center of Photography.

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Weegee, Norma Devine is Sammy’s Mae West, 1944, © Weegee / International Center of Photography.

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Weegee, Monty Reed, Master of Ceremonies at Sammy’s on the Bowery, New York, 1944, © Weegee / International Center of Photography.

Images courtesy International Center of Photography (ICP)