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Here and there
Levitt, Helen.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : PowerHouse Books, [2003]

Physical Description:
119 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 22 x 25 cm
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TR659.8 .L49 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Selected as the best photography book of 2001 by The New York Times Book Review, The Village Voice and photoeye, among others, Helen Levitt's magnum opus Crosstown received impressive critical acclaim and achieved extraordinary commercial success. Continuing in this tradition, Here and There features 90 never-before-published photographs, including portraits of her friends JAmes Agee and Walker Evans. Shot over seven decades, Levitt's unofficial status as New York City's visual poet laureate has never been so visibly clear.

Author Notes

Helen Levitt (1913-2009) had her first solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1943. Levitt's photographs appeared in Edward Steichen's landmark 1955 show The Family of Man and in more recent exhibitions of great importance, including MoMA's Photography Until Now and the National Gallery of Art's On the Art of Fixing a Shadow in Washington, D.C., both celebrating the invention of photography. She has been the subject of numerous retrospective exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the International Center of Photography, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Levitt's reputation as New York City's master street photographer was further cemented in 2001 when her photographs were featured in the opening sequence of Ken Burns' acclaimed PBS documentary series, New York . The author of the critically acclaimed, best-selling monographs Crosstown, Here and There , and Slide Show (powerHouse Books, 2001, 2004, and 2005), Levitt lived and worked in New York City, naturally.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Levitt, who published a more comprehensive monograph in 2001, Crosstown, returns to handpick more than 100 of her photographs for this striking smaller volume. Most of them-over 90, in fact-have not been previously published. The tritone photographs, arranged without title, date or caption, were taken over a seven-decade period; with crisp, spontaneous grace, they reveal the public world of her native city of New York, from dreadlocked pedestrians near 42nd Street to dancing boys from another decade. In his laudatory introduction, New Yorker writer Gopnik calls Levitt a "supreme poet-photographer of the streets and people of New York," while acknowledging that what she portrays-graffitied buildings, fighting kids, lonely old men-is not always uplifting. Inspired by Cartier-Bresson, Levitt took pictures that often seem as casual as snapshots-and as serious as documents of a shared, urban history. This monograph of pictures from her personal collection will delight her many fans. (Mar.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Library Journal Review

Levitt is one of the best-known documentary photographers of the 20th century, yet 90 of the 110 memorable photographs in this book have never been published before. The strength of Levitt's work, which was first exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in 1943, is her ability to capture everyday life in New York City. Early in her career, Levitt was influenced by Cartier-Bresson, who popularized "the decisive moment," but she herself sought quiet, seemingly less dramatic moments in the theater of the street. This superb book provides a wonderful slice of life of city neighborhoods in the 1930s and 1940s. As longtime New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik explains in his fine foreword, Levitt ignored well-known monuments of the city in favor of the people themselves. Although many of the people depicted are struggling to make a living, Levitt's work is always respectful and hopeful. The resulting photo essay offers a rare, uplifting look at people going about their lives. The black-and-white photographs are beautifully reproduced in tritones. Highly recommended.-Raymond Bial, First Light Photography, Urbana, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.