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Weegee the Famous

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Coventry (photographed)

  • Date:

    1963 (photographed)
    late 1970s (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sadler, Richard MA. FRPS, born 1927 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin silver print

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 990, box I

Physical description

Black and white photograph depicting a tight head-shot style portrait of a man with white hair holding a camera to his right eye. The camera is inscribed with the word 'Zenith' and the man has a cigarette hanging out of his mouth.

Place of Origin

Coventry (photographed)


1963 (photographed)
late 1970s (printed)


Sadler, Richard MA. FRPS, born 1927 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin silver print

Marks and inscriptions

Bottom left, black ink: ''89'
Bottom right, signed in black ink: 'Richard Sadler'


Width: 23.3 cm image, Height: 23.3 cm image, Width: 28 cm sheet, Height: 35.5 cm image

Object history note

Given to the museum by Richard Sadler as part of a group of three portraits of Weegee

Descriptive line

Richard Sadler, 'Weegee the Famous', Coventry, 1963, printed late 1970s. Gelatin silver print from a group of three portraits of Weegee given to the V&A by Sadler

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Tessa Sidney, Keeper of Prints at Birmingham Art Gallery:

‘A portrait that suggests both homage, from one photographer to another, and con-struct about the photographic vision. Sadler focuses on the face and direct gaze of the famous American photographer Weegee. One eye is open, alert and fixed on the visi-ble world, while the second “framed” eye is the camera itself, Weegee’s Zenith. We, the viewers, appear to be the point of study for Weegee at the same time as Sadler is studying his fellow practitioner. Or is this portrait also encapsulating the essential re-lationship between subject, photographer and viewer? Weegee’s eye and the essential prop of his trade are inter-dependent with us in our real space, as is Sadler’s; the con-struct is both finite and infinite ’
Provided by Sadler to the V&A in 2002

Labels and date

Richard Sadler (born 1927)
Weegee the Famous, Coventry

In the 1940s, New York press photographer
Weegee began stamping the backs of his
photographs with ‘Weegee the Famous’. By
1963, when he visited Coventry, his fame was
international. His trip coincided with ‘Russian
Camera Week’ at the Owen Owen department
store. The Zenit 3M he holds to his eye was a
newly-introduced Russian camera.

Gelatin silver print (printed 1970s)
Given by Richard Sadler
Museum no. E.2879-1995 [23/7/2016-5/3/2017]

Production Note

Negatives 1960, prints late 1970's
Series Date: 1960 - late 1970s


Photographic paper


Gelatin silver process

Subjects depicted

Camera; Cameras


Photographs; Portraits


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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