Cover image for Helen Levitt
Helen Levitt
Uniform Title:
Photographs. Selections. 2018
Publication Information:
Vienna : Albertina ; Heidelberg, Germany ; Heildelberg ; Berlin, Germany : Kehrer Verlag, [2018]

Physical Description:
231 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 28 cm
Language Note:
Text in English, translated from the German.
General Note:
Catalog of an exhibition held at Albertina Museum, Vienna, October 12, 2018-January 27, 2019.
Social surrealism in the streets / Role-play, techniques of the body, silent film gestures on Helen Levitt's performative strategies / People and situations on Helen Levitt's cinematic oeuvre / From street space to pictorial space : Helen Levitt's photobook A Way of Seeing (1965) Street scenes in color : How Helen Levitt developed a new pictorial language
Helen Levitt (1913-2009) numbers among the foremost exponents of street photography. As a passionate observer and chronicler of everyday street life in New York, she spent decades documenting residents of the city's poorer neighbourhoods such as Lower East Side and Harlem. Levitt's oeuvre stands out for her sense of dynamics and surrealistic sense of humour, and her employment of color photography was revolutionary: Levitt numbers among those photographers who pioneered and established color as a means of artistic expression. The book accompanying the retrospective of the Albertina Museum features around 130 of her iconic works. Many of these photos come from Helen Levitt's personal estate, and this exhibition represents their first-ever public showing. Exhibition: Albertina, Vienna, Austria (11.10.2018-27.01.2019).