%C2%A9 Helen Levitt. All rights reserved.

New York, c. 1942

Not on Viewexpand_more

“I saw pictures of [Henri] Cartier-Bresson, and realized that photography could be an art -- and that made me ambitious”- Helen Levitt

At the age of sixteen, Helen Levitt decided that she would become a professional photographer. Inspired by the works of Walker Evans (whose work is in this exhibition) and Henri Cartier-Bresson, she went out and bought a 35-millimeter Leica camera and began photographing the streets and people of New York City. A recurring theme in her early work, (1936-1950), is the complexity and performative qualities of children’s play found in a city street. She photographed primarily in working class neighborhoods, taking pictures of children playing and observing how their games allowed them to reinterpret their environment.



Helen Levitt (#497)
New York
Artist Life
1913 - 2009
Accession Number
Curator Approved

This record is from historic documentation and may not have been reviewed by a curator, so may be inaccurate or incomplete. Our records are frequently revised and enhanced. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email collectionsdata@artsmia.org.

Does something look wrong with this image? Let us know

© Helen Levitt. All rights reserved.

Because of © restrictions, we can only show you a small image of this artwork.