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.