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Helen Levitt

In the Street


Helen Levitt (American, 1913-2009). New York, c. 1940. Gelatin silver print on paper. 12 3/4 x 8 3/8 inches. Telfair Museums, Savannah, Georgia. Promised gift of Mrs. Robert O. Levitt, L.1.2013
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Helen Levitt (American, 1913-2009). New York, c. 1940. Gelatin silver print on paper. 12 3/4 x 8 3/8 inches. Telfair Museums, Savannah, Georgia. Promised gift of Mrs. Robert O. Levitt, L.1.2013. © Film Documents LLC, courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne.

Currently on exhibition

September 7 – December 5, 2021
Located on the first floor of The Baker Museum


For more than 70 years, Helen Levitt (1913-2009) used her camera to capture fresh and unstudied views of everyday life on the streets of New York City. The Brooklyn native began taking photographs in the mid-1930s, roaming through the Lower East Side, Spanish Harlem and other urban neighborhoods. Levitt’s photographs, first in black and white and later in color, document neighborhood matriarchs planted on their front stoops, pedestrians negotiating New York’s busy sidewalks and, perhaps most famously, boisterous children at play. Her work reflects a New York that is both timeless and idiosyncratic, revealing the poignant and mundane aspects of daily existence in the city’s residential neighborhoods rather than the slick, glamorous Manhattan of films and fashion magazines.

 


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Selected Works

Helen Levitt (American, 1913-2009). New York, c. 1940. Gelatin silver print. 11 x 14 inches. Telfair Museums, Savannah, Georgia. Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Robert O. Levitt, 1996.5 © Film Documents LLC

Helen Levitt (American, 1913-2009). New York, c. 1940. Gelatin silver print. 11 x 14 inches. Telfair Museums, Savannah, Georgia. Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Robert O. Levitt, 1996.5 © Film Documents LLC, courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne.

Helen Levitt (American, 1913-2009). New York, 1972 (printed 1997). Ektacolor print on paper. 14 3/4 x 10 inches. Telfair Museums, Savannah, Georgia. Gift of Richard and Elizabeth Devereaux, 1998.14.1 © Film Documents LLC

Helen Levitt (American, 1913-2009). New York, 1972 (printed 1997). Ektacolor print on paper. 14 3/4 x 10 inches. Telfair Museums, Savannah, Georgia. Gift of Richard and Elizabeth Devereaux, 1998.14.1 © Film Documents LLC, courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne.

Helen Levitt (American, 1913-2009). New York, 1959 (Printed 1998). Ektacolor print on paper. 10 1/8 x 6 3/4 inches. Telfair Museums, Savannah, Georgia. Gift of Richard and Elizabeth Devereaux, 1998.14.5 © Film Documents LLC

Helen Levitt (American, 1913-2009). New York, 1959 (Printed 1998). Ektacolor print on paper. 10 1/8 x 6 3/4 inches. Telfair Museums, Savannah, Georgia. Gift of Richard and Elizabeth Devereaux, 1998.14.5 © Film Documents LLC, courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne.

Helen Levitt (American, 1913-2009). New York, c. 1940. Gelatin silver print on paper. 6 3/4 x 10 1/16 inches. Telfair Museums, Savannah, Georgia. Gift of Philip Perkis, 1999.8.1 © Film Documents LLC

Helen Levitt (American, 1913-2009). New York, c. 1940. Gelatin silver print on paper. 6 3/4 x 10 1/16 inches. Telfair Museums, Savannah, Georgia. Gift of Philip Perkis, 1999.8.1 © Film Documents LLC, courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne.

Helen Levitt (American, 1913-2009). New York, 1971. Dye transfer print on paper. 9 3/8 x 14 inches. Telfair Museums, Savannah, Georgia. Gift of Philip Perkis, 1997.25 © Film Documents LLC

Helen Levitt (American, 1913-2009). New York, 1971. Dye transfer print on paper. 9 3/8 x 14 inches. Telfair Museums, Savannah, Georgia. Gift of Philip Perkis, 1997.25 © Film Documents LLC, courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne.

Helen Levitt (American, 1913-2009). New York, c. 1940. Gelatin silver print. 6 1/8 x 9 3/8 inches. Telfair Museums, Savannah, Georgia . Gift of Marvin Hoshino, 1998.12.3 © Film Documents LLC

Helen Levitt (American, 1913-2009). New York, c. 1940. Gelatin silver print. 6 1/8 x 9 3/8 inches. Telfair Museums, Savannah, Georgia . Gift of Marvin Hoshino, 1998.12.3 © Film Documents LLC, courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne.

Helen Levitt (American, 1913-2009). New York, c. 1940. Gelatin silver print. 9 1/8 x 6 1/2 inches. Telfair Museums, Savannah, Georgia. Gift of Philip Perkis, 1998.13.1 © Film Documents LLC

Helen Levitt (American, 1913-2009). New York, c. 1940. Gelatin silver print. 9 1/8 x 6 1/2 inches. Telfair Museums, Savannah, Georgia. Gift of Philip Perkis, 1998.13.1 © Film Documents LLC, courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne.

Helen Levitt (American, 1913-2009). New York, c. 1940. Gelatin silver print. 7 1/8 x 10 7/8 inches. Telfair Museums, Savannah, Georgia. Gift of Philip Perkis, 1998.13.3 © Film Documents LLC

Helen Levitt (American, 1913-2009). New York, c. 1940. Gelatin silver print. 7 1/8 x 10 7/8 inches. Telfair Museums, Savannah, Georgia. Gift of Philip Perkis, 1998.13.3 © Film Documents LLC, courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne.

Helen Levitt (American, 1913-2009). Mexico City, 1941. Silver gelatin print on paper. 10 7/8 x 13 7/8 inches. Telfair Museums, Savannah, Georgia. Gift of Mrs. Robert O. Levitt, 2003.12.1 © Film Documents LLC

Helen Levitt (American, 1913-2009). Mexico City, 1941. Silver gelatin print on paper. 10 7/8 x 13 7/8 inches. Telfair Museums, Savannah, Georgia. Gift of Mrs. Robert O. Levitt, 2003.12.1 © Film Documents LLC, courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne.


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Helen Levitt: In the Street
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Helen Levitt: In the Street is organized by Telfair Museums, Savannah, Georgia. The presentation of this exhibition at Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum is curated by Courtney McNeil, Museum Director and Chief Curator.

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