Yesterday, the NY Times had an obituary for the photographer Ted Croner, who died at age 82. He was part of the New York School of photographers and this line from the obit sums up his technique: "...[his] rigorously blurry photographs of New York at night in the 1940's epitomized the film noir energy of a city that never sleeps." Croner took his photography class at The New School in 1947 and later worked for magazines and retail outlets. According to his gallery, the Howard Greenberg Gallery, Croner said "photographer was lucky if he produced just 10 great images."
The book, The New York School: Photographs, 1936-1963, uses this Croner photograph on its cover; other photographers in the book are Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, and Robert Frank. You can order posters of his photographs here. Croner, it seems, was very handsome in the day.