Helen Levitt’s Snapshots of New York Street Life


51MwjvfGRfLOn the 31st of August 1913, American photographer Helen Levitt was born in Brooklyn, New York. Alongside Berenice Abbott and Ruth Orkin, Levitt tried to document the changing life of New York. But whilst Berenice Abbott sought to capture the architecture of New York before the skyscrapers changed the skyline forever, and Ruth Orkin was trying to capture the changing tempo of the City from her apartment window, Levitt focused mainly on the life of the City found in the chalk drawings on the street. In her choice of the subject matter, Levitt was highly influenced by the photography of Henri Cartier-Bresson. After seeing his photographs, she decided to follow in his footsteps and, using a Leica, began to turn her lense on the poorer corners of New York. Levitt worked on several projects whose themes promoted humanist causes. One of them was the 1952 film In The Street

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