Helen Levitt (1913–2009) received critical acclaim as a “photographers’ photographer” during her lifetime and since her death in 2009. Admired by the writer James Agee, who saw the “ceremonies of innocence” in her subject matter, Levitt’s direct approach has been deemed “artless” and “styleless.” Yet it is this ease and apparent effortlessness that has made her images icons of the spontaneity and eccentricity of the New York City streets. Included in the Center's exhibition In a New York Minute: Photographs by Helen Levitt, from the collection of the Capital Group Foundation, are 55 photographs that Levitt selected as some of the most important images of her career.
In Serious Play: The Worlds of Helen Levitt, filmmaker Tanya Sleiman (Stanford M.F.A. in Documentary Film and Video, 2009) brings together interviews with people who knew Levitt personally and professionally as well as the urban environments that were integral to Levitt's work. A question and answer session follows the screening.
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