Helen Levitt

Biography

Helen Levitt (1913-2009) began photographing street scenes in her native city of New York in the late 1930s. Her photographs capture the life of the urban setting and especially of the children playing in the streets. In the mid 1930s, Levitt met Henri Cartier-Bresson and Walker Evans and she helped Evans make prints for his famous show American Photographs in 1938. She showed him her early black and white photographs of children with their improvised games and chalk drawings and he described the lyrical style of her work as “anti-journalistic”. Helen Levitt took her camera to the city’s poorer neighborhoods, like Spanish Harlem and the Lower East Side, where people treated their streets as their living rooms and where she showed an unerring sense and empathy for the mystery and wry humor of everyday life.

In 1940, Levitt’s photographs were part of the inaugural exhibition of the Department of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Three years later, the museum also mounted her first solo exhibition, titled Photographs of Children. In the course of her artistic career, Levitt also paid great attention to the medium of film, working as an editor and director in the 1950s, after she met Surrealist filmmaker and painter Luis Buñuel. She received prestigious Guggenheim Foundation awards in 1959 and 1960, upon which she began to experiment with color photography and created pioneering art in the field. Her color photographs are as direct and unsentimental as her early black and white work, but also reflected that times had changed and people’s private lives had become less visible in the streets.

Helen Levitt’s work is in the collections of numerous international museums and institutions, is regularly seen in solo and group exhibitions worldwide, and has been the subject of retrospective exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris, France, Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam, Netherlands, Sprengel Museum Hanover, Germany and the Albertina, Vienna, Austria.




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Biography

Born 1913 in Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Died 2009 in New York, USA.

Grants and Awards

2022

Hall of Fame Inductee, International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum, St. Louis, MO, USA

2008

SPECTRUM Internationaler Preis für Fotografie, Stiftung Niedersachsen, Hannover, Germany

Francis J. Greenburger Award for Excellence in the Arts, Omi International Arts Center, New York

2007

Knight Purchase Award for Photographic Media, Akron Art Museum, Akron, Ohio

1997

Master of Photography Award, International Center of Photography, New York

1987

Peer Award for Distinguished Career in Photography, Friends of Photography, Cleveland Museum of Art

1981

Fellowship, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, New York

1976

Photography Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington D.C.

1974

Creative Artist’s Grant, New York State Council on the Arts, New York

1964

Ford Foundation Fellowship (for filmmaking), New York

1960

Fellowship, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, New York

1959

Fellowship, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, New York

1949

Nomination in the category „Best Story and Screenplay California“ for the screenplay of “The Quiet One“ (1948), Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Beverly Hills,

1946

Photography Fellowship, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2023

ONLINE: Helen Levitt: Body Language, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, USA

Selections from the Sack Photographic Trust: Helen Levitt, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, USA

2022

Inside the World of Helen Levitt, Galerie Zander, Cologne, Germany

Helen Levitt: One, Two, Three, More, Foundation A Stichting, Brussels, Belgium

2021 – 2022

Helen Levitt. In the Street, The Photographer’s Gallery, London, UK

2019

Helen Levitt. Observing New York Streets, Les Rencontres de la photographie d’Arles, Espace Van Gogh, Arles, France

2018 – 2019

Helen Levitt. Retrospective, Albertina, Vienna, Austria

2017

Helen Levitt. Pears and Apples, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2016

Helen Levitt. In the Street, Everson Museum of Art ,Syracuse, New York, NY, USA

Helen Levitt. Twists and Turns, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Helen Levitt. In the Street, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, USA

2015

Helen Levitt. In the Street, The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA, USA

2014

Helen Levitt. In The Street, Telfair Museums, Savannah, GA, USA

2013

Private Dramas, Public Dreams: The Street Photographs of Helen Levitt & Friends, Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL, USA

2012

Helen Levitt. Just Kids, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2011

Helen Levitt. Photographs, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT, USA

In a New York Minute: Photographs by Helen Levitt, Cantor Arts Center, Standford University, Stanford, CA, USA

2010

Helen Levitt: Un Lyrisme Urbain – Le Point du Jour, Centre d’Art Éditeur, Cherbourg-Octeville, France

Helen Levitt. New Yorkers, Robert Morat Galerie, Berlin, Germany

Helen Levitt. Líríca Urbana. Fotografías 1936-1993. Photo Espana 2010, Museo Colecciones, Madrid, Spain

2009

The Knight Purchase Award: Helen Levitt, Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH, USA

Helen Levitt. A Photographer’s Legacy, Telfair Museums, Savannah, GA, USA

Helen Levitt. A Memorial Tribute, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Helen Levitt. New York Photographs, Kahmann Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2008

Helen Levitt. In The Street, Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Helen Levitt. Spectrum, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany

2007

Helen Levitt, Fandation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris, France

2006

Helen Levitt, Galerie F5,6 für Fotografie, Munich, Germany

Helen Levitt, Telfair Museums, Savannah, GA, USA

2005

Helen Levitt. SlideShow, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2004

Helen Levitt. Vintage Graffiti, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2003

Helen Levitt, Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA, USA

2002

Helen Levitt. Graffiti, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Helen Levitt, Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, MA, USA

2001

Helen Levitt. Crosstown, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2000

Helen Levitt. Recent Prints, Chalk Drawing Murals, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY, USA

1999

Mexico City 1941: Photographs by Helen Levitt, Davis Museum at Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, USA

1998

Helen Levitt, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany

Ciudad de México, 1941, Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City, Mexico

Helen Levitt, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria

Helen Levitt, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt/Main, Germany

Helen Levitt. Mexico City 1941, Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA

1997

Helen Levitt. Crosstown, International Center of Photography, New York, NY, USA

1996

Helen Levitt, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY, USA

1994

Helen Levitt. Fotografias, Diputación, Granada, Spain

Helen Levitt. Vintage Chalk Drawings 1938-1948, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA

1993

Helen Levitt. Photographs, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT, USA

Helen Levitt, Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver, Canada

Helen Levitt. Photography, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA

Helen Levitt, Zelda Gallery, London, UK

1992

Helen Levitt, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA

Helen Levitt Photographs, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC, USA

1991

Helen Levitt. American Documents in the Fringe, Tokyo Metropolitan of Photography, Tokyo, Japan

1990

Little Known Photographs by Helen Levitt, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA

1986

Helen Levitt. Eighteen Color Photographs, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA

1981

Helen Levitt / Matrix 47, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA, USA

Helen Levitt / Matrix 66, The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT, USA

1980

Helen Levitt. Photography, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC, USA

1974

Projects: Helen Levitt in Color, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA

1943

Helen Levitt. Photographs of Children, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA

Upcoming

2024

Seeing / Time / In Color, Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz, France

Selected Group Exhibitions

Street Chronicles, Gallery Fifty One, Antwerp, Belgium

2023 – 2024

A “history” of photography: Agnès b.’s Collection, Galerie Du Jour Agnès b, Paris, France

Cities Are For People: Street Photography, 1945-1970, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO, USA

Face and Figure: Recent Acquisitions in Photography, Virginia Museum of fine Art, Richmond, VA, USA

This Is Me, This Is You. The Eva Felten Photography Collection, Museum Brandhorst, Munich, Germany

2023

Pause/Connect, Warehouse art Museum, Milwaukee, WI, USA

Reality Makes Them Dream: American Photography, 1929–1941, Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA

Street Life. Lisette Model and Helen Levitt in New York, Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga, Spain

Photography’s Last Century: The Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee Collection, Telfair Museums, Jepson Center, Georgia, USA

60 Years of Collecting: An anniversary exhibition celebrating the UMCA Permanent Art Collection, University Museum of Contemporary Art, Amherst, MA, USA

Henri Cartier-Bresson, Helen Levitt. Mexico, Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris, France

2022 – 2023

Street Life: Die Straße in der Kunst von Kirchner bis Streuli, Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen Am Rhein, Germany

To Begin Again: Artists and Childhood, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Boston, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Exhibition, International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum, St. Louis, MO, USA

Nicola Erni: A Personal View on High Fashion & Street Style, Norton Museum of Art, Florida, USA

MOMAT Collection, The national Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan

COLLECTION: 150 Photographs from the Bachelot Collection, The French Academy in Rome – Villa Medici, Rome, Italy

2022

A Decade of Acquisitions of Works on Paper – Part II, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California, USA

Act of Sight: The Tsiaras Family Photography Collection, Colby College Museum of Art, Maine, USA

For the Record: Photography & the Art of the Album Cover, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, UK

Resonances. Fundación MAPFRE Collections, KBr Photography Center, Barcelona, Spain

Sculpting Reality. Per Amor a l’Art Collection, PhotoEspaña 2022, Círculo de Bellas Artes & Casa de América, Madrid, Spain

Celebrating the City: Recent Photography Acquisitions from the Joy of Giving Something Foundation, The Museum of the City of New York, NY, USA

Menschen auf der Straße, Märkisches Museum, Witten, Germany

A Female Gaze, Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2021 – 2022

Cruel Radiance: Photography, 1940s–1960s, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA

2021 – 2021

The New Woman Behind the Camera, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, USA

2021

ESSENTIALS, Galerie Zander, Cologne, Germany

The New Woman Behind the Camera, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA

2020

Outside Looking In: John Gutmann, Helen Levitt, and Wright Morris, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, CA, USA

2019

Howard Greenberg Gallery: From Archive to History, KuK (Kunst- und Kulturzentrum der StädteRegion Aachen e. V., Monschau, Germany

2018

The pulse of the body. Uses and representations of space. Per Amor a l’Art Collection, Bombas Gens Centre d’Art, València, Spain

Streetwise, Galerie Zander, Cologne, Germany

Neolithic Childhood. Art in a False Present, c. 1930, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany

2016 – 2017

Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA

2016

American Photographs, 1845 to Now, The Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, TX, USA

2015

America Is Hard to See, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA

American Scene Photography: Martin Z. Margulies Collection, Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

2014

The Plot Thickens, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA

New York Photographs from the Collection, Boca Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL, USA

Suspended Moments: Photographs from the David. S. Rosen Collection, The University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbot, MI, USA

Eclectic, Gitterman Gallery, New York City, NY, USA

Nonage, Gallery Fifty One, Antwerp, Belgium

Playground. Reinventing the Square, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain

Now You See It: Photography and Concealment, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY, USA

30th Anniversary Exhibition – 30 Years 31 Photographers, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York City, NY, USA

2013

Private Dramas, Public Dreams: The Street Photographs of Helen Levitt & Friends, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL, USA

A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C., USA

Le Pont, Musées d’Art Contemporain, Marseille, France

Act/Natural: Photography, Telfair Museums, Savannah, GA, USA

Against Tàpies, Fundación Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona, Spain

Light Sensitive, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC, USA

2012

Deck the Walls, Catherine Couturier Gallery, Houston, TX, USA

In Search of Time, Broad Art Museum, East Lansing, MI, USA

The Dwelling Life of Man, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, The Netherlands

Howard Greenberg Collection, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, France

City Scenes: Highlights of New York Street Photography, Museum of the City of New York, New York City, NY, USA

Road Atlas. Straßenfotografie aus der DZ Bank Kunstsammlung, Kunstmuseum Dieselkraftwerk, Cottbus, Germany

American Photography, Flo Peters Gallery, Hamburg, Germany

La Triennale 2012 – Intense Proximity, La Triennale, Paris, France

New Vision, ARGENTIC, Paris, France

Aipad Photography Show 2012, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York City, NY, USA

Picturing New York, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, WA, Australia

Looking Forward – Looking Back, G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle, WA, USA

100 Years of Photography, The Fralin Museum of Art, Charlottesville, VA, USA

2011

Childish Things, Tabla Rasa Gallery, New York City, NY, USA

Road Atlas. Straßenfotografie aus der DZ Bank Kunstsammlung, Opelvillen, Rüsselsheim, Germany

The Dwelling Life of Man. Photographs from the Martin Z. Margulies Collection, Fundació Foto Colectania, Barcelona, Spain

Conversations: Photography from the Bank of America, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

Framed: Street Photography from the Collection, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., USA

2010

Ojos Privados: Selections from the Collection of Laurence Miller, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York City, NY, USA

My Base II / Photographs I saw in 80’s in NY, Kurenboh – Chohouin Buddhist Temple Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

México: esperdao/inesperado, Espace de Création Contemporaine, Charleroi, France

Mexico Beyond Its Revolution, Tufts University Art Gallery, Medford, MA, USA

Starbust: Color Photography in America 1970-1980, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ; Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH, USA

Past, Present, Future II, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York City, NY, USA

Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography, Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY, USA

Body Language, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York City, NY, USA

Furthermore: 30th Anniversary Exhibition, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA

2009

MOCA’s First Thirty Years, MOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Mexico: Expected/Unexpected. Collection Isabel and Augustín Coppel, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, The Netherlands; Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

38 AT 38, Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, MA, USA

Hide & Seek: Picturing Childhood, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO Group Show, Only-photography, Berlin, Germany

Assembly, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver, BC, USA

Immaginare New York. Fotografie dalla collezione del MoMA, MART-Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto, Italy

Modern Moments: Recent Gifts in American Photography, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA, USA

Reality Revisited, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

Photography on the Street, Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, MO, USA

This Is Not A Fashion Photograph: Selections from the ICP Collection, International Center of Photography, New York City, NY, USA

25th Anniversary Celebration, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York City, NY, USA

2008

Mexico: Expected/Unexpected. Collection Isabel and Augustín Coppel, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France

Street & Studio. Eine urbane Geschichte der Fotografie, Museum Folkwang, Essen; Tate Modern, London, UK

Ojos privados Colección Laurence Miller, Fundació Foto Colectania, Barcelona, Spain

I AM A KILLER, Sam Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

When color was new. Vintage photographs from around the 1970s, Julie Saul Gallery, New York City, NY, USA

Images Du Corps, Vertiges Et Vestiges, Musée Régional D’Art Contemporain Languedoc-Roussillon, Sérignan, France

Facebook: Images of People in Photographs from the Collection, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

A Mind at Play, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA

Henri Cartier-Bresson & Helen Levitt – Side by Side, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York City, NY, USA

Peripheral vision and collective body, MUSEION, Museum for Modern and Contemporary Art, Bolzano, Italy

The implications of image, Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Arte, Mexico City, Mexico

Selections One, Charles A. Hartman Fine Art, Portland, CO, USA

Presumed Innocence: Photographic Perspectives of Children, DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA, USA

POST-WAR PERSPECTIVES 1945-1960, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York City, NY, USA

City Portraits, Deborah Bell/Photographs, New York City, NY, USA

2007

Documenta XII, Kassel, Germany

The New York School 1936-63, Galerie Stepehen Hoffman, Munich, Germany

Empty Nest: The Changing Face of Childhood in Art. 1880 to the Present, Nathan A. Bernstein Co. Ltd., New York City, NY, USA

MACBA im Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt/Main, Germany

Photographic Formalities: From Ansel Adams to Weegee, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL, USA

Past (Present) Future, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York City, NY, USA

Icons of American Photography, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH, USA

VIP, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT, Australia

On The Street – The New York School of Photographers, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ, USA; Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA

Review – 4 Jahre Galerie f5,6, Galerie f5,6 für Fotografie, Munich, Germany

Diane Arbus – Helen Levitt: A Conversation, Laurene Miller Gallery, New York City, NY, USA

2006

Portraits of Artists, Luhring Ausgustine, New York City, NY, USA

Tiefenschärfe, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany

Americans – Masterpieces of American Photography from 1940 until now, Kunsthalle Vienna, Austria

Porträt der Straße, Fotografien aus drei Jahrhunderten, Kunsthaus Kaufbeuren, Kaufbeuren, Germany

Photography Collection, Galeria Ramis Barquet, New York City, NY, USA

EyeWitness, Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg, Sweden

The Streets of New York: American Photographs from the Collection, 1938-1958, The National Galler of Art, Washington D.C., USA

Several Exceptionally Good Recently Aquired Pictures XVIII, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA

Metro Pictures, part two, Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Miami, FL, USA

2005

De la comtesse De Castiglione a Cindy Sherman, Galerie de France, Paris

SlideShow, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD, USA; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH, USA; Brooklyn Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Looking at America, Galerie Hohenlohe, Vienna, Austria

Surface – Group Show, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York City, NY, USA

Faces in the Crowd – Picturing Modern Life from Manet to Today, Castello di Rivoli Mudeo d’Arte Contempranea, Turin, Italy

Into The Unknown – Abstraction From The Collection, MOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, USA

La Photographie á l’Épreuve, Institut d’art contemporain Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes, Villeurbanne, France

2004

Few Are Chosen: Street Photography and the Book, 1936-1966, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY, USA

Illusion of Innocence, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN, USA

Yet Untitled – Die Sammlung Bernd F. Künne, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany; The National Museum of Photography, The Black Diamond, Copenhagen, Denmark

Defining Moments, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ, USA

2003

City Streets, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL, USA

Künstlerphotographien – Berühmte Photographen portraitierten berühmte Künstler, Galerie Pudelko, Bonn, Germany

The Art of Street Photography, Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Hot Summer in the City, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York City, NY, USA

Les choix dCB, Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris, France

Contortion Distortion – Group Selection, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York City, NY, USA

A proposal for an exhibition, Monte Clark Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada

2002

New York: Capital of Photography, The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI, USA

New York Observed: The Mythology of the City, The University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Through the Looking Glass, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA

Americans – Meisterwerke der amerikanischen Photographie, Museum Moderner Kunst, Stiftung Wörlen, Passau, Germany

New York, Capital of Photography, The Jewish Museum of New York, New York City, NY, USA

A Bird Show, Ricco Maresca Gallery, New York City, NY, USA

2001

The Passions: From Brueghel to Viola, James Cohan Gallery, New York City, NY, USA

The Social Scene, Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Boston, MA; The Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, Lake Worth, FL, USA

A Room Of Their Own – From Rothko to Rauschenberg, MOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2000

Moodstruck – Photographs from the Permanent Collection, University Museum of Contemporary Art, Amherst, MA, USA

1999

The Promise of Photography: Selected Works from the DG Bank Collection, MoMA PS1, New York City, NY, USA; Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

1998

Paved With Gold, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, UK

Helen Levitt & Roger Mayne – Vintage Street Photographs, Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA

1997

Documenta X, Kassel, Germany

1995

Fact & Fiction, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY, USA

1994

Mexico through foreign eyes, Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan, Italy

1993

Helen Levitt and Mary Ellen Mark, Seattle Art Museum, WA, USA

Motion and Document/Sequence and Time: Eadweard Muybridge and Contemporary

American Photography, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA, USA

In Transit, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City, NY, USA

1990

The Indomitable Spirit: Photographers And Artists Respond In , USA

The Time Of Aids, International Center of Photography, New York City, NY

1989

Noted Women Photographers oft he 20’s and 30’s, Jan Kesner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

1987

American Dreams, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid. Spain

1983

Prototypes, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY, USA

1982

In Our Time: Houston’s Contemporary Arts Museum 1948-1982, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX, USA

1981

The New Color: A Decade of Color Photography, International Center of Photography, New York City, NY, USA

1978

New Standpoints: 1940-1955, Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY, USA

1973

The Responsible Eye, Three Decades of the Photograph as Document, Centre For Contemporary Art, Montreal, QC, Canada

1971

Photographs of Women, Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY, USA

1963

3 Photographers in Color, Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY, USA

1957

70 Photographers Look at New York, Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY, USA

1949

Photography (6 Women Photographers), Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY, USA

1943

Action Photography, Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY, USA

1940

The New Department of Photography, Inaugural Exhibition of the Department of Photography, Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY, USA

Selected Bibliography

2023

Mexico, Fondation Cartier-Bresson and Galerie Thomas Zander, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne, Germany

2021

Jean-François Chevrier, Helen Levitt (Photofile), translated from French by Jill Phythian, Thames & Hudson, New York, USA

2020

Femmes photographes, Photo Poche, Actes Sud, Arles, France

2019

Marvin Hoshino (Ed.): ‘Helen Levitt. A Way of Seeing’ (new edition), Film Documents LLC, New York

2018

Walter Moser (Ed.), ‘Helen Levitt’, exh. cat., Albertina, Wien, Vienna, Austria, Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg, Germany

2017

Marvin Hoshino, Thomas Zander (Ed.): ‘Manhattan Transit: The Subway Photographs of Helen Levitt’, introduction by David Company, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne, Germany

2011

Beate Kemfert, Christina Leber: ‘Road Atlas: Straßenfotografie von Helen Levitt bis Pieter Hugo’, Hirmer Verlag, Munich, Germany

2010

Jean-Francois Chevrier: ‘Helen Levitt’, In: Jean-Francois Chevrier. Les relations du corps, Arachne Verlag, Bonn, Germany

2009

Helen Levitt. A Memorial Tribute Catalog, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York

2008

Helen Levitt, Walker Evans: ‘Helen Levitt. Photographs by Helen Levitt’, Text by Walker Evans, PowerHouse, New York,

Inka Schube, Walker Evans: ‘Helen Levitt. Fotografien 1937-1991’, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern, Germany

Inka Schaube: ‘Helen Levitt: Fotografien 1937-1991’, Spectrum – Internationaler Preis für Fotografie der Stiftung Niedersachsen 2008, Sprengel Museum, Hanover, Germany

2005

John Szarkowski, Helen Levitt: ‘Helen Levitt: Slide Show: The Color Photographs of Helen Levitt’, PowerHouse, New York

Andrea Henkens: ‘Flanerie in der Großstadt: Auf der Suche nach dem Anderem im Alltäglichen. Surreale Blickweisen in den Fotografien von Helen Levitt’, Tectum Verlag, Marburg, Germany

2004

Helen Levitt, Adam Gopnik: ‘Helen Levitt: Here And There’, PowerHouse, New York

2001

Helen Levitt, Francine Prose: ‘Helen Levitt: Crosstown’, PowerHouse, New York

1999

Peter Weiermair, Helen Levitt, James Agee: ‘Helen Levitt’, Prestel Verlag, Munich, Germany

1998

Michael Scholz-Hänsel: ‘Soziale Ausgrenzung und Moral. Von Helen Levitt zu Christoph Schlingensief’, In: Kritische Berichte, Ulmer Verein, Ulm, Germany

1997

Helen Levitt: ‘Helen Levitt. Mexico City’, W. W. Norton & Company, New York

Barbara Otto: ‘Streetlife. Zu den Photographien von Helen Levitt’, In: ‘Werner Stehr, Johannes Kirschenmann. Materialien zur documenta X’. Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern, Germany

1990

Katherine Dieckmann: ‘Mean Streets. Helen Levitt’s photographs of New York’, In: Art in America, New York

1987

‘Helen Levitt. In The Street: Chalk Drawings and Messages, New York City, 1938-1948’, Duke University Press, Durham

1977

Andy Grundberg: ‘Helen Levitt at Carlton’, In: Art in America, New York

1965

‘Helen Levitt. A Way of Seeing’, Viking Adult, New York

Selected Public Collections

Albertina, Vienna, Austria

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Corcoran Gallery, Washington D.C.

Deutsche Börse, Frankfurt / Main, Germany

Institut d’Art Contemporain Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes, Villeurbanne, France

Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Fralin Museum of Art, University of Virginia Art Museums, Charlottesville, Virginia

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie, New York

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada

Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia

Telfair Museums, Savannah, Georgia

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California

New York Public Library, New York

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