This is already week four of this new column and definitely time to introduce the work of a woman street photographer, that is Helen Levitt. Though a lot of her early pictures were shot in Black & White, Iet's have a look at her New York City color work.
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Quick facts/observations about Helen Levitt
- American born (1909-2009), she took pictures for nearly 70 years, mostly in New York City.
- kids and working class neighbourhoods were among her favorite subjects, documenting their life conditions.
- she mounted a right-angled viewfinder on her Leica to remain unnoticed in the streets.
- she worked with Walker Evans early on, another master of street photography.
- in 1943, she already had a solo exhibition at the MOMA in New York.
- after a successful career in Black and White, she switched to color dye-transfer in the 60's.
- the slides of most of her 1960's color work were stolen from her house. She had to start all over again.
- she returned to B&W at the very end of her career, using a lighter Contax to relieve her back pain.
- Talking about nowadays, she said : “I go where there’s a lot of activity, children used to be outside. Now the streets are empty. People are indoors looking at television or something.”**
If I could ask her a question ….
- what do you think of cloud storage ?
To discover more about Helen Levitt
- **Link: New York Times article
published after her death in 2009. Full of great information about her career.
If you missed it last week, have a look at the work of Fred Herzog.