This is pretty cool. Ted at Boogie Woogie Flu found this old record at an antiques store in Phoenicia, New York, and posted some of the cuts as MP3's.
I've never heard Weegee speak before. "...One of those accents you don't hear so much in New York anymore: part Austro-Hungarian immigrant by way of the Lower East Side," Ted writes, "and part Elmer Fudd. Peter Sellers based his accent in Dr. Strangelove on Weegee's voice after Weegee visited Kubrick's set one day."
Don't miss it.
And don't forget: "You can't be a Nice Nellie and do photography." —Weegee
(Thanks to Kevin B.)
UPDATE: Joe Riefer tells me that the Getty Museum had some
some audio clips of Weegee speaking in its 2006 exhibit. Unfortunately they're RealPlayer files, so I can't listen to them, but maybe you can.
Thanks to an exchange between Steve Gasbarre and Michael Gilday on Photo.net, pointed out in the comments by yemado, I've learned that the person behind this record was none other than Lou Stettner. The record catalogue number is Candid CA1001, dated 1958, put out by Candid Recordings, and there was a review of it in the June 22, 1958 issue of The New York Times.
Featured Comment by Rod Graham: "I guess like a lot of others, I've had a passing 'familiarity' with Weegee and his photojournalism. But this recording is beyond a famous photographer talking about photography: This is a man talking from his heart, plain and simple words, freely sharing his art and craft and views on a profession that obviously meant everything to him. You don't have to be interested in photography at all to be taken with this piece of oral history and the simple integrity of the telling."