Wednesday, April 1

Helen Levitt: most celebrated and least known.

Alfred Eisenstaedt's most famous picture is V-J day in Times Square. I have a large collection of his photographs in book form.

He is known for his candid photographs and also had many grace LIFE magazine. Very famous.

Another famous photographer I know much less about just passed away a couple days ago: Helen Levitt.

Interestingly Wiki says pretty much the same thing in it's first paragraph about her:

Helen Levitt (August 31, 1913 – March 29, 2009) was an American photographer. She was particularly noted for "street photography" around New York City, and has been called "the most celebrated and least known photographer of her time."

Here is a sampling of some of her photographs.

I'm no expert but have heard about the one with the kids in halloween masks on the porch. Haunting in a way. And what about the second one with the kids playing over (and dangling near) the doorway? Unbelievable shot.

I plan on looking deeper into her volume of work. I really like what I've seen so far.

From Helen Levitt

From Helen Levitt

From Helen Levitt

From Helen Levitt

From Helen Levitt


Mike Todd said...

Really glad you posted these -- I heard a story about her on the drive home on NPR yesterday and meant to look up some of her pics when I got to the computer. Forgot, of course. Thanks for the public service.

busterp said...

Thanks Mike. She was so good (I'm no expert either). I forget these things all the time, hence posting it here... my internet bulletin board. Busy with tax deadlines (4-15) but I'll make it over in a day or so.

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