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Helen Levitt Dies

Helen Levitt chalk drawing.

Helen Levitt chalk drawing.

A great candid photographer, Helen Levitt, has died at 95. Most well-known for her photographs of children and their chalk drawings on the streets of New York City, Levitt went on to become one of the most accomplished documentary photographers of the 20th century.

Levitt also worked making films. She wrote screenplays and edited several films from the 1940s to the 1970s. She was nominated for an Academy Award for the screenplay, “The Quiet One.”

After receiving a Guggenheim Foundation grant to take photographs on New York City streets, Levitt published the collection of photos in the book, “A Way of Seeing.”

The New York Times called Levitt a photographer,  “who caught fleeting moments of surpassing lyricism, mystery and quiet drama on the streets of her native New York.”

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