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Helen Levitt

Milwaukee Art Museum


In the Street

American photographer Helen Levitt (1913–2009) captured the life of New York City’s sidewalks for over five decades. She began photographing in the mid-1930s, sometimes using a right-angle lens, which allowed her to take pictures surreptitiously. Though Levitt worked in the documentary style and was associated with the socially minded Photo League of New York, she was not a journalist, and her photographs reveal a unique “way of seeing” (the title of her 1965 book) rather than an overt message. This exhibition includes early black-and-white photographs, later colour work, and her film In the Street (1952). Find out more about the ‘Helen Levitt’ exhibition from the Milwaukee Art Museum’s website.

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