Helen Levitt — Eye on the Streets

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Photo by Helen Levitt, New York, 1980

Helen Levitt, the acclaimed New York street photographer, died last weekend at the age of 95. NPR did a nice retrospective piece on her this week where the reporter recalls two interviews she had previously done with her. At one point, the reporter asks Levitt what she thinks about a particular photo. Levitt says, “Just what you see.” When asked why it’s so difficult for her to talk about, Levitt says, “If it were easy to talk about, I’d be a writer. Since I’m inarticulate, I express myself with images.”

Listen to the whole piece here.

This is also a great book of her work.

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