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Max Is Rushing in the Bagels to a Restaurant on Second Avenue for the Morning Trade

Weegee (born Arthur Fellig) (American, b. Poland, 1899-1968)

Max Is Rushing in the Bagels to a Restaurant on Second Avenue for the Morning Trade, c. 1940

  • Gelatin silver print
  • 14 3/4 x 18 7/8 in. (37.5 x 48 cm)
  • The Jewish Museum, New York
  • Purchase: Joan B. and Richard L. Barovick Family Foundation and Bunny and Jim Weinberg Gifts, 2000-72
  • © Weegee/International Center of Photography/Getty Images

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Discuss:

  • Describe the mood of this photograph. How has the artist created this mood?

  • Describe the expression of the man in this photograph.

  • What effect does the use of light have on the impact of the photograph?

  • How would you describe the placement of the figure within the frame of the photograph? Where is his body in relation to the rest of the image?

  • What did the photographer choose to leave out of the photograph?

  • What clues does the photographer include about the time and place of the photograph?

  • What story could you tell about this man? Where do you think he is coming from? Where do you think he is going? What do you think he is thinking?

  • This photograph was taken on New York’s Lower East Side, a popular neighborhood among eastern European Jewish immigrants in the early 20th century. Why do you think immigrants often choose to live in the same neighborhoods as other immigrants? For an immigrant, what are the pros and cons of moving into an "immigrant" neighborhood?

  • By the time this photograph was taken, many Jewish immigrants (or their families) had moved away from the Lower East Side. Why might they have left?