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Author Zamir, Shamoon, author.

Title Helen Levitt : New York / Shamoon Zamir.

Publication Info. New York : The Museum of Modern Art , [2021]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction  New Shelf  779.9974 Levitt,H ZAM    Available
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Description 47 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 23 cm.
text txt rdacontent
still image sti rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series MoMA One on One series
1 on one.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (page 45).
Summary Helen Levitt's (1913-2009) photographs from the 1930s and 1940s of the communities of New York City's Harlem are startling achievements of street photography. They catch the evanescent configurations of gesture, movement, pose and expression that make visible the street as surreal theater, and everyday life as art and mystery. The unguarded life of children at play became, understandably, Levitt's particular preoccupation. Levitt resisted political readings of her work, and distanced herself from the progressive impulses of social documentary photography. But class, race and gender are everywhere at work in Levitt's images. The diffidence and deceptive artlessness of the images also hide her devotion to both popular and avant-garde cinema, attention to the work of other photographers and frequenting of New York's museums and galleries. Here, Shamoon Zamir, Professor of Literature and Art History at New York University Abu Dhabi, examines the different registers and contexts of Levitt's work through a reading of New York, one of Levitt's iconic images.--Brookline Booksmith website (viewed on February 17, 2021).
Subject Levitt, Helen -- Criticism and interpretation.
Street photography -- New York (State) -- New York.
Photography of children.
New York (N.Y.) -- In art.
Photography, Artistic.
Portrait photography.
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) -- Photograph collections.
Photograph collections -- New York (State) -- New York.
Added Author Levitt, Helen, photographer, artist.
ISBN 9781633451209 (pbk.)
1633451208 (pbk.)

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