Title: HERE AND THERE: PHOTOGRAPHS BY HELEN LEVITT ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: PowerHouse Books, 2004
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. 120 pages. Published in 2004. Retrospective collection of the photographer's unpublished work. A follow-up to "Crosstown", one of the finest photography books on the art of Helen Levitt. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Helen Levitt and Marvin Hoshino: Regular-sized volume format. Blue cloth boards with white titles on spine, as issued. Photographs by Helen Levitt. Foreword by Adam Gopnik. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper by Steidl in Gottingen, Germany to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Helen Levitt's "Here And There". Some of the photographer's finest unpublished work. Most of the photographs were taken in New York City, Levitt's primary subject in the course of a seven-decade photographic journey (she spent some time in Mexico City, and the pictures she took there are collected in a book named after the city). Here are 110 photographs, 90 of them never before published, including portraits of her close friends James Agee and Walker Evans (Levitt patiently accompanied Evans when he took his subway pictures, published as "Many Are Called"). "Here And There" collects Levitt's own favorite images, selected from her immense private collection, revealing her acute sense of how street life has changed cosmetically and how it has remained the same substantially. "The sheer determination of this inimitable photographer to walk the streets of her beloved city for this length of time and take pictures of what she sees reaffirms her unofficial status as New York City's visual poet laureate" (Publisher's blurb). "Helen Levitt is one of the living treasures of New York. Her vignettes of domestic, daily city life, taken on the Lower East Side and in Harlem, are a form of poetry that evokes the fortitude and forbearance of New Yorkers past and present" (The New York Times Book Review). "Levitt's photographs have the quality of frozen street-corner conversation: She went out, saw something wonderful, came home to tell you all about it, and then, frustrated, said, ‘You had to be there' , and you realize, looking at the picture, that you were" (Adam Gopnik). Helen Levitt died on March 29, 2009 at the age of 95, "all-seeing" to the end, and will be sorely missed. An absolute "must-have" title for Helen Levitt collectors. This title is a photography classic. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare copy thus. 110 tritone plates. Helen Levitt's "A Way of Seeing" was selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER HELEN LEVITT TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1576871657. Bookseller Inventory # 12798
Synopsis: ??Helen Levitt is one of the living treasures of New York, widely admired for her devotion to candid street photography in a style influenced by Henri Cartier-Bresson and Walker Evans?[Her] vignettes of domestic, daily city life, taken on the Lower East Side and in Harlem, are a form of poetry that evokes the fortitude and forbearance of New Yorkers past and present.?
?Andy Grundberg, The New York Times Book Review
Selected as the best photography book of 2001 by The New York Times Book Review, The Village Voice, and Photo-Eye, among others, Helen Levitt?s magnum opus Crosstown (powerHouse Books 2001) all but sold out of its one and only, six-thousand-copy print run.
Here and There is Levitt?s new collection of personally-selected images a charming monograph featuring over ninety never-before-published photographs, including portraits of her friends James Agee and Walker Evans. The recently discovered photographs featured in Here and There represent Levitt?s own favorite images selected from her immense private collection. Shot over seven decades, Here and There reveals Levitt?s acute sense of how cosmetically street life has changed?and how substantially it has remained the same. The sheer determination of this inimitable photographer to walk the streets of her beloved city for this length of time and take pictures of what she saw, reaffirms her unofficial status as New York City?s visual poet laureate.
?[Levitt?s photographs] have the quality of frozen street-corner conversation: she went out, saw something wonderful, came home to tell you all about it, and then, frustrated, said, ?You had to be there,? and you realize, looking at the picture, that you were.?
?Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker
About the Author: Helen Levitt (1913-2009) had her first solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1943. Levitt?s photographs appeared in Edward Steichen?s landmark 1955 show The Family of Man and in more recent exhibitions of great importance, including MoMA?s Photography Until Now and the National Gallery of Art?s On the Art of Fixing a Shadow in Washington, D.C., both celebrating the invention of photography. She has been the subject of numerous retrospective exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the International Center of Photography, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Levitt?s reputation as New York City?s master street photographer was further cemented in 2001 when her photographs were featured in the opening sequence of Ken Burns? acclaimed PBS documentary series, New York. The author of the critically acclaimed, best-selling monographs Crosstown, Here and There, and Slide Show (powerHouse Books, 2001, 2004, and 2005), Levitt lived and worked in New York City, naturally.
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