Helen Levitt is known for her striking street photography of New York City from the 1930’s through the 1980’s.
An endowment, and gift of 12 photographs, has been arranged with the Metropolitan Museum of Art by her sister-in-law, Mrs. Robert O. Levitt.
I particularly like her many pictures of children playing.
Amazon is currently showing this and 2 other books about Helen Levitt and her work.
A short wiki about her is here.
She is also know for her later color work in the same genre.
The book “Slide Show”covers this body of her work.
NPR has a piece on her, “Helen Levitt Captured Perfect Moments, Unnoticed”.
In 2001, when Melissa Block asked Helen Levitt about what she captured in one of her best-known images (above), Levitt said: “Just what you see … If it were easy to talk about, I’d be a writer. Since I’m inarticulate, I express myself with images.” Courtesy Estate of Helen Levitt
If you like any kind of street photography, do yourself a big favor and look further at the work Helen Levitt provided for us with her gentle photographic touch.
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