Helen Levitt was a New York original. Born in 1913, she grew up in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. After dropping out of high school, she went to work for a commercial photographer. In 1937, she purchased a camera and began taking photographs of the world around her to glorious effect, documenting the streets and sidewalks of her native land for more than six decades.
With her eye trained on the children of New York, Levitt’s work has become some of the most iconic examples of twentieth-century street photography. James Agee once observed of Levitt’s work, “The overall preoccupation in the photographs is, it seems to me, with innocence—not as the word has come to be misunderstood and debased, but in its full, original wildness, fierceness, and instinct for grace and form.”
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