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Naked City (1945) is a photo book by American photographer Weegee.

Naked City was Weegee's first book of photographs. Film producer Mark Hellinger bought the rights to the title and in 1948, Weegee's aesthetic formed the foundation for Hellinger's film The Naked City. It was based on a gritty 1948 story written by Malvin Wald about the investigation into a model's murder in New York.

Wald was nominated for an Academy Award for his screenplay, co-written with McCarthy-era blacklisted screenwriter, Albert Maltz.

Later the title was used again for a naturalistic television police drama series, and in the 1980s, it was adopted by a band, Naked City, led by the New York experimental musician John Zorn.


A Book is Born (Introduction by Weegee); Sunday Morning in Manhattan; The Curious Ones; Fires; Murders; Sudden Death; The Best People Go to Heaven; The Escapists; Frankie; The Opera; The Bowery; Pie Wagon; Coney Island; Harlem; Psychic Photography; Signs of the Times; Odds and Ends; Personalities; Camera Tips.

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