Her photographs were not intended to tell a story or document a social thesis; she worked in poor neighborhoods because there were people there, and a street life that was richly sociable and visually interesting. Levitt's pictures report no unusual happenings; most of them show the games of children, the errands and conversations of the middle-aged, and the observant waiting of the old.
Levitt began her career in photography at age 18 working in a portrait studio in the Bronx. After seeing the works of French photographer Henri-Cartier Bressonshe was inspired to purchase a mm Leica camera and began to scour the poor neighbourhoods of her native New York for subject matter.
She struck up friendships with the two men, occasionally accompanying the former on his photo shoots in the city.
During this period Levitt often chose children, especially the underprivileged, as her subject matter. Photographs of New York, which she compiled in the late s. For the next decade she concentrated on film editing and directing. In and she received Guggenheim Fellowships to investigate techniques using colour photography.
The slides that resulted from the project, shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York inwere stolen from her apartment before they could be duplicated. Levitt focused for the rest of the s on film work and resumed photography in the s, with a major Museum of Modern Art show in Learn More in these related Britannica articles:Helen Levitt.
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