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Photo of the Week #189

Helen Levitt

Black and white photo showing tow kids in homemade masks posing for the camera, one is leaning on a tree that the other has climbed up.

New York City, 1938
Gelatin silver print—printed later
10 1/4 × 6 3/4 in
Signed on verso


April 18, 2022
What makes Helen Levitt’s photos of children unique and treasured, is that she truly valued the unpredictable quality of children’s play. One of the charms of this picture is the pride that’s evident in the body language of the masked children, who pose with an air of accomplishment amidst their freewheeling games.

Prints of this photograph are held in a number of important museum collections, including the Museum of Modern art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Laurence Miller Gallery will present a selection of classic Helen Levitt prints at The Photography Show presented by AIPAD, May 20-22 in New York City.