Posts tagged ‘Helen Levitt’
November 27, 2012  |  An Auteurist History of Film
An Auteurist History of Film: Three Portraits of 1950s New York City

In the Street. 1952. USA. Photographed by Helen Levitt, Janice Loeb, James Agee

These notes accompany a series of short films about New York City in the 1950s on November 28, 29, and 30 in Theater 3.

Cinematic New York street scenes date back to the very beginnings of the medium, in the 1890s.

March 4, 2010  |  Artists, Collection & Exhibitions
Levitt in Color, New at MoMA

There are no installation views of the Projects exhibition in which Helen Levitt first presented her color photographs to MoMA’s public, for one simple reason: all forty pictures were projected onto the wall, fading as quickly as they appeared. The year was 1974, and Levitt was in the midst of a creative outburst—unusual not only because she was at an age when most people contemplate retirement, but also because until 1959 her career had developed entirely in shades of gray. I love these black-and-white images, and put up a whole wall of them in 2006-07, including the first photograph by Levitt ever acquired by MoMA, New York, way back in 1941.