PHOTOGRAPHER MONOGRAPHS

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Walther König, Köln

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Hardcover, 9.5 x 8.25 in. / 84 pgs / 51 bw.

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Catalog: FALL 2017 p. 98   

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Photos of New York City Subway riders from the late 1930s and late 1970s by the legendary Helen Levitt.
  • THE ARTIST: Helen Levitt (1913 ' 2009) was particularly noted for her New York City street photograph, her seminal books include A Way of Seeing (Duke University Press, 1965), which includes an essay by James Agee; In the Street: Chalk Drawings and Messages, New York City, 1938-48 (Duke University Press, 1987)
  • THE BOOK: The first book dedicated to the photographs Helen Levitt made on the New York subway alongside her friend and mentor Walker EVANS in 1938. She revisited Subway portraiture again late in her career in the 1970s. Many of these photographs are published here for the first time
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Manhattan Transit: The Subway Photographs of Helen Levitt

Edited by Marvin Hoshino, Thomas Zander. Introduction by David Campany.

In 1938 Helen Levitt (1913–2009) accompanied Walker Evans on a project to photograph passengers on the New York subway. Soon she was taking her own pictures. More empathetic and informal than Evans’, Levitt’s finest photographs are the product of her willingness to participate as a fellow citizen, not as a photographer setting herself apart. The disarming ease of Levitt’s pictures quickly accrues into an undeniably singular attitude to both the medium and the world.

Around 1978—a full four decades after her first foray—Levitt returned to the New York subway, by which time public behavior on the subway was visibly less formal. She seems to have picked up exactly where she had left off in 1938, but in general her photography was even less restricted—more in keeping with her looser street photographs. This is the most comprehensive publication of Helen Levitt’s photographs from the New York subway, many of which are published here for the first time.


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