Guest Photographer: Helen Levitt

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Girl Lifts Boy Girl Lifts Boy  ( 1st and 3rd images courtesy Mina Son)

New York City New York City  (Internet photo)

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Levitt with James Agee Levitt’s most important book

By Paul Goldfinger

Those of you who follow photography on Blogfinger know that I am a big fan of black and white  street photography.   Some of the finest  photographers in that genre were active in the 1930’s through the 1950’s in New York City and Paris.  Among the best are Walker Evans, Eugene Atget, Andre Kertesz, Lee Friedlander and our guest photographer Helen Levitt, who was one of the pioneers.

Helen Levitt (1913-2009) photographed on the streets of New York City for over 70 years, both in black and white and color.  She worked with Walker Evans in the 1930’s, and her work was shown at the first photo exhibit held at MOMA in 1939.  She was a pioneer in the street photography genre.

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