Helen Levitt


Born
in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, The United States
August 31, 1913

Died
March 29, 2009


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."

Levitt grew up in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NY. She dropped out of high school and went to work for a commercial photographer. There, she taught herself photography. While teaching art classes to children in 1937, Levitt became intrigued with the transitory chalk drawings that were part of the New York children's street culture of the time. She purchased a Leica camera and began to photograph these works, as well as the children who made them. The resulting photographs were ultimately published in 1987 as In The
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Slide Show: The Color Photo...

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Crosstown

4.65 avg rating — 34 ratings — published 2001
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Here and There

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Helen Levitt

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A Way of Seeing (REV.) - Pa

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In the Street: Chalk Drawin...

4.56 avg rating — 16 ratings — published 1987
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One, Two, Three, More

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Helen Levitt: Mexico City

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Helen Levitt

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Photographers on Photograph...

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“Since I'm inarticulate, I express myself with images.”
Helen Levitt