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The fools in the streets of New York

Helen Levitt's exhibition shows how life in New York City's streets in the nineteenth century could be fun and fun – especially for the little ones.

Display: Helen Levitt
Albertina Museum in Vienna, Austria
For 27. January 2019

Helen levitt

The exhibition of works by American photographer Helen Levitt (1913 – 2009) at the Albertina Museum in Vienna showcases a humorous, surrealistic and playful art, with images snapped on the streets of the poor neighborhoods of Harlem and the Bronx in New York City. The exhibition includes works from Levitt's time as a street photographer for documentary filmmakers and highlights her as a pioneer in color photography.

In the middle of the 1930, Levitt went shopping for an 35mm Leica camera – Henri Cartier-Bresson's favorite (1908 – 2004) – and began taking pictures of children's culture in the streets of Manhattan. Her artistry is strongly influenced by Cartier-Bresson and surrealism, where her compositions contain elements of enigmatic and humorous coincidences that appear surreal.

Levitt took pictures intuitively as she strolled down the streets of New York. She often caught passersby in strange poses, giving their bodies an alien look. Like the boy in the pram (New York, 1940), where the body of the mother, who bends down in the pram the son is sitting in, works. . .

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Pinar Ciftci
Ciftci is a journalist and actor.

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