Helen Levitt  (American, 1913-2009) 


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Helen Levitt Biography
1913   Born August 31 in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NY.
1931   Began working for J. Florian Mitchell, a commercial portrait photographer in the Bronx.
1935   Met Henri Cartier-Bresson when he spent a year in New York.
1936   Bought a secondhand Leica, the camera Cartier-Bresson favored.
1939   Had her first work published in Fortune Magazine's issue on New York City.
1940   Her her Halloween picture was included in the inaugural exhibition of the Museum of Modern Art’s photography department.
1943   Has her first solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art.
1959   Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship.
1960   Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship.
2009   Died in her home in Manhattan on March 29, at age 95.
Selected Exhibitions
1997   International Center of Photography, NY
1997   Center for Creative Photography, Arizona
1996   Highlights of the Permanent Collection, International Center of Photography, NY
1996   Recent Acquisitions, Metropolitain Museum of Art, NY
1995   American Photography 1890-1965, Museum of Modern Art NY(traveled)
1992   SF Museum of Modern Art & other locations in San Francisco, NY, Washington DC, Michigan, Chicago, & Seattle
1992   Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
1991   Mean Streets, Museum of Modern Art, NY
1989   On the Art of Fixing a Shadow: 150 Years of Photography, National Gallery of Art & Art Institute of Chicago Washington, DC & Chicago
1988   Convulsive Beauty, Whitney Museum of Art, Downtown NY
1988   Photographers Gallery, London
1986   Photography: A Facet of Modernism, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (catalog) San Francisco
1984   Photographs from the Collection of the Nat'l Endowment for the Arts, National Museum of American Art Washington, DC
1983   Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
1980   Corcoran Gallery of Art (catalog), Washington, DC
1974   Museum of Modern Art, NY
1943   Museum of Modern Art, NY