Helen Levitt

Photographer Helen Levitt died on Sunday the 29th March. Described by some as a visual poet she is most well known for the decades of street photography from her home town of New York.

When I look at many of her photographs I often think - "how did she see that, let alone manage to photograph it..."

To hear her speak in a short NPR profile click here.

Many of her photographs seem to me to be those moments that I glimpse out the corner of my eye, or see just as they are happening, too late to even press the shutter on my camera. Photographing on city streets is incredibly challenging. It is a rare thing to get a truly great shot. Thankfully for us, Helen Levitt managed to record a great number of these rare moments for us to enjoy.


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