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September 15, 2021

30 Amazing Snapshots Capture Street Life in New York City From the Mid-1930s to the End of the 1940s

In the late 1930s, photographer Helen Levitt rode the New York City subway system, first as an apprentice to photographer Walker Evans, then snapping photos of aloof passengers wearing fur coats, flat-brim hats, and antique brooches.

Yet for the majority of Levitt’s illustrious career (lasting until the 1990s), she ventured out of the underground to document life on Manhattan streets. She captured authentic moments — children playing on the sidewalk or dressing up for Halloween, a group of women gossiping — in neighborhoods including Harlem, the Lower East Side, and the Garment District.

Levitt spoke about her early pictures shot on the streets in the 1930s: “It was a good neighborhood for taking pictures in those days, because that was before television. There was a lot happening. And the older people would be sitting out on the stoops because of the heat. Those neighborhoods were very active.”

The New York Times, in 2009, 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”.


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  2. Dude, didn't you know that you can always piss off and not look at them anymore?

    1. That is what most people are doing, which is why someone politely offered him the suggestion to change things up some.
      Rather than acknowledge the input, he deleted it and is now trolling his remaining users by even further limiting the scope of his posts.
      So yeah, I know that I can piss off and not look anymore.
      Which is why I am following everyone else's example and doing just that.
      There is a very good reason this site gets so roasted on reddit, as it turns out.

    2. Have to agree with this.

  3. This website belongs to its owner - he can do what the fuck he wants. I have the choice to view this website as I have for years, or go to one of the other 9 MILLION historical photo websites on the internet. Or use my brilliant perfection to create my own website.

    And I love Reddit, but who gives a shit what they think?

  4. Other people don't care what any of you think. They only care about themselves. As do you.

  5. I love this look into the past ❤️




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