Helen Levitt

(American, 1913–2009)

bronx, new york by helen levitt

Helen Levitt

Bronx, New York, ca. 1942

new york by helen levitt

Helen Levitt

New York, ca. 1945

new york by helen levitt

Helen Levitt

New York, 1939

new york by helen levitt

Helen Levitt

New York, ca. 1939

new york by helen levitt

Helen Levitt

New York, ca. 1939

new york by helen levitt

Helen Levitt

New York, ca. 1940

Biography

Timeline

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
Center for Creative Photography, Arizona
1996
Highlights of the Permanent Collection, International Center of Photography, NY
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
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