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Americana Fantastica

View: Americana Fantastica, January 4, 1943, (2006.53.1) To commemorate American Independence Day, we present several images and a GIF of this spectacular, sublime, surreal issue of View magazine, Americana Fantastica, with art by Joseph Cornell, Helen Levitt George Platt Lynes, … Continue reading

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Helen Levitt: “Why don’t we let people look at pictures.”

Helen Levitt (1913–2009), [Two girls on a truck], ca. 1948 (2006.55.2) School is good. Helen Levitt speaking at ICP on June 17th 1987 about learning photography in the 1930s and 40s by asking the person working at the photography store … Continue reading

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In the Street

Helen Levitt, New York, 1972 (19.1998)Helen Levitt, New York, 1959 (645.1987) Helen Levitt, New York, 1972 (313.1984) Helen Levitt, New York, 1972 (146.1997) Helen Levitt’s street photography documents the vibrancy and humor of chance New York City moments. Her photographs … Continue reading

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Children’s Games

Melissa Ann Pinney, Chalk Games, Evanston, 2001 (2012.77.4) Helen Levitt, New York, 1972 (313.1984) Melissa Ann Pinney, Team Evanston, 2006 (T.L.2011.75) Gillian Laub, Noam in her yard with some neighbors, Tel Aviv, 2002 (2009.75.1) Weegee, [Women with children making silly … Continue reading

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“There are thousands in the phone booth”

In the subway, on the streets, in the park, at the library, red, blue or yellow but always empty! The phone booths have been deserted, thanks to the arrival of mobile phones comfortably installed in almost every urban citizen’s pocket. … Continue reading

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Wall and Sidewalk Drawings Show What Goes on in the Minds of New York Children…

“Gangsters may replace Indians, but kids still love the secret passage that opens to the initiated as if by magic, revealing strange and dangerous adventures. To the writer of this proud boast, “detective” stands for glamor plus much-admired toughness.” “We … Continue reading

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Spider Girl

Helen Levitt, New York, 1980 Born in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn in 1913, Levitt lived and worked in New York until her death in 2009. A high school drop out, Levitt was teaching art to children in 1937 when she purchased a … Continue reading

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