Helen Levitt

Helen Levitt’s playful and poetic photographs, made over the course of sixty years on the streets of New York City, have delighted generations of photographers, students, collectors, curators, and lovers of art in general. The New York Times described her as: “a major photographer of the 20th century who caught fleeting moments of surpassing lyricism, mystery and quiet drama on the streets of her native New York”. Throughout her long career, Helen Levitt’s photographs have consistently reflected her poetic vision, humor, and inventiveness as much as they have honestly portrayed her subjects – men, women, and children acting out a daily drama on the sidewalks and stoops of New York City’s tenements.

She shot and edited the film In the Street with Janice Loeb and James Agee, providing a moving portrait of her still photography. Levitt’s first major museum exhibition was at the Museum of Modern Art in 1943, and a second solo show, of color work only, was held there in 1974. Major retrospectives of her work have been held at several museums: first in 1991, jointly at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; in 1997 at the International Center for Photography in New York; and in 2001 at the Centre National la Photographie in Paris.

In 2007 “Helen Levitt: Un Art de l’accident poetique” opened at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris; in 2008, the Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany chose Ms. Levitt as the recipient for the Spectrum International Photography Prize which was accompanied by a major retrospective; and FOAM Museum Amsterdam, mounted another major retrospective in October, 2008. She was a 2008 recipient of the Francis Greenburger award for excellence in the arts.

The Shadow Pandemic
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International Women’s Day / 2020
March 8, 2020
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Thirty Years of Women
February 7 – April 11, 2020
This exhibit draws from Jackson Fine Art’s 30 year history of showing some of the most distinguished female voices...
Observing New York’s Streets
Helen Levitt / Rencontres d’Arles
Funny, incongruous, vibrant and resolutely human, these scenes out on the streets of New York, put next to one...
Photo London 2019
May 16–19, 2019 / Somerset House
Photo London is a place to encounter the most innovative emerging artists and new works by established masters, comprised...
Saul Leiter / Retrospektive
Publication / exhibition
This long-awaited new edition of the book, first published in 2012, features, in addition to his early images, his...
Interview with Saul Leiter
By David Gibson
"History of art is a history of great things neglected and ignored and mediocre things being admired. At different...
Chris Dorley-Brown / The Corners
January 5 – March 2, 2019
The artist, Chris Dorley-Brown, sets up the camera in one location, and tilts and pans around the cityscape to...
Dr. Blankman’s New York / Tod Papageorge
Sep 8 – Nov 21, 2018
In vivid images of window displays, political posters and encounters in the city, this New York series captures the...