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Helen Levitt Hardcover – April 1, 2008
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About the Author
Walker Evans (1903-1975) is one of history’s most celebrated photographers. Best known for his Depression-era work for the Farm Security Administration, Evans is responsible for some of the most iconic images of the twentieth century, having created a documentary style whose influence continues to be felt. Born in 1903 in St. Louis, Missouri, he briefly studied literature before falling in with the New York art scene and taking up photography in the early 1930s. Over the next several decades he traveled across America on assignment and on his own, creating such venerated series as Let Us Now Praise Famous Men and Many Are Called (both of which were published alongside essays by James Agee). His work was widely exhibited, and he served on the staff of Time and Fortune as a photographer, writer, and editor. In 1965 he became a professor of Photography and Graphic Design at the Yale School of Art and Architecture, a position he maintained until his death in 1975.
Top Customer Reviews
shown in galleries. I wish she were more widely known. Her street photographs of New York in
the '40's are pure art. She had an incredible eye, sense of humor and intuitive sense of the space
between the documenter and what is being documented. Her prints were created with great attention
to tones of black and white that enhance subject matter and never overwhelm it. This is a beautiful
collection. In a world now inundated with manipulated images, spend some time with this book and
appreciate this woman's genius for presenting a place in time with simplicity, directness and respect
This book holds a large variety of her work spanning several decades, some in color, some black and white. It is printed on heavy, quality paper. Still, it isn't a complete collection and lacks some of my favorites, so I wish this were a series of books, so I could easily collect all her photographs without duplication, and so superbly done. The format is simple: It is a picture book without captions. A short forward hardly tells you anything about her, but it doesn't need to. You can spend the day in her picture city know her intimately through her photographs.
Helen Levitt was one of the pioneers of street photography, a self taught photographer who eventually began working with Cartier-Bresson, another pioneer of street photography. Mind you, these two photographers represented REAL street photography, not the (pardon my language) crap we see today from the college kids running around with their $6,000 Leica that Mommy or Daddy bought them. Street photography, unfortunately, has become WAYYYYYYYY overdone and destroyed by people with no true "eye" for it. Now we just see photo after photo of homeless people, stray animals, homeless people with stray animals, etc. etc.
Anyway, sorry to get off topic a bit there. My point is, BUY THIS BOOK. This is REAL street photography where talent and hard work are demonstrated through these beautiful prints. And if you truly want to learn what real street photography is all about, this book is a great starting point.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Book Arrived in time in excellent condition. The mention of Walker Evans name in conjuction with the book is a little decieving. There is only a short quote from him. Read morePublished on May 1, 2009 by Mel Wittenstein
... of HL's street photography (mainly). Well produced. The Walker Evans contribution is about one paragraph.Published on December 16, 2008 by John Lloyd
I found this book nearly as good as Crossroads, which is now going for $200+. The binding and reproduction quality is excellent. Read morePublished on June 4, 2008 by Simon Nutrient