Helen Levitt, New York, c.1940

         New York, c.1940
Helen Levitt: A Memorial Tribute Catalog

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Helen Levitt  (1913-2009)

One of the most important figures in contemporary photography is the New Yorker Helen Levitt.  For over 60 years her quiet, poetic photographs made on the streets of the city she has inhabited for most of her life have inspired and amazed generations of photographers, students, collectors, curators, and lovers of art in general.  Throughout her long career, Helen Levitt’s photographs have consistently reflected her poetic vision, humor, and inventiveness as much as they have honestly portrayed her subjects—men, women, and children living it out on the streets and among the tenements of New York.  

Born in  In 1945-46 she shot and edited the film In the Street with Janice Loeb and James Agee, providing a moving portrait of her still photography.  Levitt’s first major museum exhibition was at the Museum of Modern Art in 1943, and a second solo show, of color work only, was held there in 1974. Major retrospectives of her work have been held at several museums: first in 1991, jointly at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; in 1997 at the International Center for Photography in New York; and in 2001 at the Centre National la Photographie in Parisn"> Paris.

More recently, Helen Levitt has been featured in three international shows: in 2007, "Helen Levitt: Un Art de l'accident poetique" at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris; in 2008, the Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany chose Ms. Levitt as the recipient for the Spectrum International Photography Prize which was accompanied by a major retrospective; and FOAM Museum Amsterdam, mounted another major retrospective in October, 2008. She is a 2008 recipient of the Francis Greenburger award for excellence in the arts.

 


Selected Images

 

New York

 

New York, c.1940
(broken mirror)

14 x 11" silver print

New York, c.1940
(kids dancing)

14 x 11" silver print

 

 

New York, c.1940
(kids over doorway)

14 x 11" silver print

New York, c.1940
(baby carriage)

14 x 11" silver print

New York, c.1940
(kid in tree with mask)

14 x 11" silver print

 

 

New York, 1982
(checker cab)

14 x 11" silver print

 


Grafitti

 

New York, c.1938
(poster girl)

14 x 11" silver print

 

New York, c.1938
(5 cent head)

14 x 11" silver print

 

New York, c.1938
(fresh eggs)

14 x 11" silver print


Color Works

 

New York, 1980
(girl / green car)

20 x 24" c-print

 

New York, 1980
(3 roosters)
14 x 17" dye-transfer print

 

 

New York, 1972
(kids with laundry)

16 x 20" c-print


Gallery Exhibitions

     Helen Levitt: Just Kids    June 20 - August 17, 2012

     Helen Levitt: A Memorial Tribute  May 9 - June 26, 2009

   Helen Levitt | Henri Cartier-Bresson: Side By Side  June 5 - Aug 14, 2008



Press

New Yorker

Review: Helen Levitt | A Memorial Tribute   6/01/09

The great New York street photographer, who died in March, at the age of ninety-five, left behind an extraordinary and endlessly engaging body of work, the best known examples of which were made in the nineteen-forties. Children were Levitt's most famous subjects, and her vivacious pictures of urchins at play spark this memorial show. But she was just as alert to the presence of crones and codgers on tenement stoops and-- in a rarely exhibited series taken with Walker Evans's camera-- riders on the subway. The complete range of her activity is laid out in a wonderful room of very small early prints, shown here for the first time, ample evidence of Levitt's shrewd, sympathetic, unblinking eye.  View exhibition

New York Sun

Henri Cartier-Bresson | Helen Levitt    6/12/08

Ah, friends" was my reaction as I stepped out of the elevator and into the Laurence Miller Gallery to see its current show, "Henri Cartier-Bresson and Helen Levitt: Side By Side." One of the pleasures of visiting galleries and museums is the possibility of discovering new photographers... Another pleasure is revisiting works which you are familiar- sometimes long familiar - and reaffirming your initial appreciation... Cartier-Bresson's photography is virtuosic, while Levitt's emotional acuity repeatedly catches us in the gut... View exhibition



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