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    23 Feb 2016

    Amazing photos show street scenes of New York City in the 1970s taken by Helen Levitt (24 Pics)

    Helen Levitt (1913 – 2009) was an American photographer. She was particularly noted for “street photography” around New York City, and has been called “the most celebrated and least known photographer of her time.”

    Levitt grew up in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NY. She dropped out of high school and went to work for a commercial photographer. There, she taught herself photography. While teaching art classes to children in 1937, Levitt became intrigued with the transitory chalk drawings that were part of the New York children’s street culture of the time. She purchased a Leica camera and began to photograph these works, as well as the children who made them. The resulting photographs were ultimately published in 1987 as In The Street: chalk drawings and messages, New York City 1938–1948.

    She lived in New York City and remained active as a photographer for nearly 70 years.

    The collection that we found documents candid street scenes in New York and perfectly shows the pulse of the city, followed by Levitt’s perfect sense for emotion and color. Her photos beautifully show what was like to be in New York City during the 70s.

    Check out the mesmerizing photos below and see for yourself why Levitt was  known as the most iconic street photographer.
























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