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The Color Photographs of Helen Levitt
Levitt, Helen (Book - 2005)
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World-renowned for her iconic black and white street photographs, New York City's visual poet laureate Helen Levitt also possesses a little-known archive of colour work, which has been collected for the first time sin Slide Show. This book presents more than a hundred images, more than half of which have never been published or exhibited before. This impressive monograph is a worthy successor to her magnum opus, Crosstown, which included the largest collection of images to date. A truly definitive and marvellous collection of images from this master of the lens.
Authors: Levitt, Helen
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the color photographs of Helen Levitt
Publisher: New York : powerHouse Books, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 117 p. :,chiefly col. ill. ;,23 x 25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: foreword by John Szarkowski
ISBN: 1576872521
Branch Call Number: 779.9974 L666s 2005
Subject Headings: New York (N.Y.) Pictorial works Levitt, Helen Street photography New York (State) New York
Topical Term: Street photography
LCCN: 2005045810
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May 14, 2010
  • pvdl rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

There is very little in this compilation of photographs that rises above the mundane. Really, these are just average street snapshots.

I am very surprised that Levitt got a Guggenheim fellowship and an exhibition in the New York MOMA - there is nothing in this book to justify that.

Even the foreword is confusing, with the remark that "legions of serious New York photographers (not including Levitt) have paid this early work the homage of imitation".

The only reasonable interpretation is that Levitt is not included in the ranks of serious New York photographers. I agree.


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