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Helen Levitt © Film Documents LLC
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Never-Before-Seen Photos Perfectly Capture Life in 1930s and '40s NYC

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Updated: 2 November 2017
Until now, the photography of Helen Levitt had been long-neglected by the public since her death in 2009 at the age of 95. Levitt was the daughter of Russian immigrants and an artist who documented her native Bensonhurst in Brooklyn and the lively 1940s street life of the Lower East Side and Spanish Harlem. This largely self-taught artist is finally getting her due, thanks to the new collection of her work, One, Two, Three, More from powerHouse Books, featuring an erudite introduction from White Sands author Geoff Dyer.
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