Museum Home Past Exhibitions Scene of the Crime: Photo by Weegee

September 20, 2005–January 22, 2006 at the Getty Center


All events are free and are held in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. Seating reservations are required. For reservations and information, please call (310) 440-7300 or use the "Make Reservation" button below. Tickets are available on-site or by phone.

Curator's Gallery Talk

Judith Keller, associate curator of photographs, the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads a gallery talk on the exhibition. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Tuesday, December 13, 2:30 p.m.
Museum galleries

Film Series

Dead End Kids: New York Crime Films 1915–1948
Weegee was passionate about reporting crime and punishment on the streets of New York City. This passion and social concern was shared by four filmmakers—Raoul Walsh, William Wyler, Michael Curtiz and Jules Dassin—represented here by four remarkable films each examining the high and low life of urban gangsterism.

Regeneration (1915, Raoul Walsh)
Dead End (1937, William Wyler)
Friday, October 14, 7:30 p.m.

Angels with Dirty Faces (1938, Michael Curtiz)
Saturday, October 15, 4:00 p.m.

The Naked City (1948, Jules Dassin)
Saturday, October 15, 7:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion

Making News: A Discussion of Photojournalism
Moderator Michael Parks, director, School of Journalism, USC Annenberg School for Communications; Philip Gefter, picture editor for culture, New York Times; David Lubin, professor, Wake Forest University; and Molly Bingham, freelance journalist and photographer.

Thursday, December 8, 7:00 p.m.

Sammy's, Bowery / Weegee


On Being a Press Photographer
Freelance photographer James Nachtwey reflects on what it means to him to be a press photographer. For three decades Nachtwey has devoted himself to documenting wars, conflicts, and critical social issues around the world.

Sunday, November 20, 4:00–5:00 p.m.

Point-of-View Talks

Delmar Watson, head of the Delmar Watson Photography Archives in Hollywood, began his career as a press photographer in the mid-1940s working for Acme Newpictures in Los Angeles and later the Mirror News. A member of a successful family of Los Angeles-based press photographers whose work is held by the Getty Museum, Watson will lead a gallery discussion on the exhibition. Sign up at the Museum Information Desk beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Friday, December 2, 4:30 and 6:00 p.m.
Museum galleries

Family Festival

Explore the 1930s and '40s through the lens of Weegee. Swing to the sounds of jazz, blues, and big band and hear storytellers recreate the radio craze as we revisit America at midcentury. Hands-on workshops let you edit your own newspaper or think like a photojournalist in this daylong celebration.

Sunday, October 2, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Museum Courtyard


Like a New Comet: The New York Evening Graphic and the Tabloid Avante Garde
Luc Sante, general editor of the Library of Larceny, author of Evidence, Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York, and other works on crime photographs, and teacher of the history of photography at Bard College, discusses the New York Evening Graphic, an influential tabloid newspaper published from 1924–1932.

Wednesday, September 28, 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Museum Lecture Hall
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