Saturday, September 20, 2008

Still going strong at 95

New York, 1980 by Helen Levitt

Photo-eye has just put online a a brief but interesting interview of Helen Levitt by Sybil Miller. This passage caught my eye:

Helen Levitt: When I started I was interested in the social aspect of it, and after seeing Cartier- Bresson's pictures I realized I was on the wrong track. I gave up that idea of socially important pictures and decided to do more personal things. It was his pictures that influenced me.

Sybil Miller: What was it in his pictures that you saw?

Helen Levitt: If I could say that, I wouldn't have to take pictures.


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