excerpt from the NYT:

by MARGARETT LOKE
Published: August 17, 2005

Ted Croner, whose rigorously blurry photographs of New York at night in the 1940's epitomized the film noir energy of a city that never sleeps, died on Monday in Manhattan. He was 82.

Croner's best-known work, "Taxi, New York Night, 1947-48" was taken for a department store display while he was a student.
He died of natural causes, said Margit Erb of the Howard Greenberg Gallery, which represents him.

Mr. Croner belonged to what the curator Jane Livingston called the New York School of photography, which included Lisette Model, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Robert Frank and William Klein. For the cover of her 1992 book "The New York School Photographs 1936-1963," Ms. Livingston chose a picture by Mr. Croner. The picture, "New York at Night, 1948" shows a Manhattan skyline reduced to abstract slashes of white light among black tall buildings against a gun-metal gray sky. Such images, Ms. Livingston wrote, "most quintessentially define the New York School."

the full obit, and a couple pix, at this link:

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/17/ar.../17croner.html