Helen Levitt had a long career in photography (nearly 70 years). She was born in 1913 and started photographing in the late 1930s. In 1949-59 she was a filmmaker and in 1959-60, she returned to still photography and started exploring color as part of a Guggenheim Foundation grant. In 1970, someone broke into her place and stole almost all of those images. Fortunately she shot more color in the 70s, 80s and 90s. In the late 1990s she gave up on color because she had to go to specialty labs and could no longer get the result she desired. According to the New York Times, changes in neighborhood life also affected her work. “I go where there’s a lot of activity,” she said. “Children used to be outside. Now the streets are empty. People are indoors looking at television or something.”

Her incredible color images of New York street life have always been my favorite of her work. Her book Slideshow contains over 100 of these color images.

Helen Levitt died at age 95 on March 29, 2009.

photos © Helen Levitt

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Anonymous said...

love artlout helen!!!!!!