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Helen Levitt    (American, 1913-2009)




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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.

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
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