[Children with Soap Bubbles, New York City]

Helen Levitt American

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Helen Levitt's photographs of everyday life in her own New York neighborhood have epitomized domestic urban life for over sixty years. This image of children - one of her most common subjects - demonstrates Levitt's astute portrayal of gesture, praised as "lyrical" by James Agee in the introduction to her book, A Way of Seeing. As the viewer's attention echoes the children's glance toward the left of the scene, the picture poses a riddle as to the bubbles' source, transforming this gritty city street into a magical metropolitan playground.

[Children with Soap Bubbles, New York City], Helen Levitt (American, 1913–2009), Gelatin silver print

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