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Helen Levitt has been called “the most celebrated and least known photographer of her time.” She was particularly noted for her street photography, in and around around New York City. A Way of Seeing” was Helen Levitt’s first published collection of photographs and features 50 incredible gravure plates of her pictures taken on the streets of Yorkville, Harlem and the Lower East Side. “Levitt’s photographs are beautiful–major underrated works. Like Henri Cartier-Bresson, she achieves a rare balancing act: her pictures have sentiment without being sentimental, always maintaining an objective distance…The casual observer of these pictures, dazzled by their poetry, could easily miss the harsher realities masked by the surface warmth and joie de vivre.”  The New York Times stated, “Helen Levitt was the first American photographer to fully comprehend the essence of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s photographic message and put it into practice. Like Cartier-Bresson, she understood how to combine intuition and intellect to forge sophisticated, lyrical compositions from commonplace events.”- Martin Parr

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. First printing of the first edition. Levitt’s portraits of street life in 1940s Spanish Harlem, Agee’s eloquent text.  Some shelf wear to dust jacket edges, otherwise very good. Interior clean and binding sound. One of the Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century. Rare and sought after!

Bookseller Inventory #35344

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A Way Of Seeing
Levitt, Helen; Agee, James

Publisher: Viking
Publication Date: 1965, New York
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition: Good
Edition: First edition / 1st printing

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