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ca. 1942, printed later Helen Levitt Born: New York, New York 1913 Died: New York, New York 2009 gelatin silver print image: 7 1/8 x 10 1/2 in. (18.1 x 26.6 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase © 1981, Helen Levitt 1984.16.4 Not currently on view

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Caught before they run off into the streets, three masked youngsters pause on their front stoop. Expressive postures and mysterious disguises give this trio a theatrical quality. Helen Levitt, who found poetry in the uninhibited gestures of children, used a right-angle viewfinder to capture boys and girls roaming freely and playing with found objects. Working in New York City during the years surrounding World War II, her photographs show the drama of life that unfolded on the sidewalks of poor and working-class neighborhoods.

A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2013


Architecture Exterior - detail - door


Cityscape - New York New York

Dress - costume - mask

Recreation - dress up - children

photography - photoprint


gelatin silver