[Graffiti: Chalk Drawing of Figure with Double Pupils, New York City]

Helen Levitt American

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Helen Levitt practiced photography with a small handheld camera on the streets of New York, making tender depictions of ordinary city people, especially children. The street was a stage upon which her young subjects played games, performed improvisational dramas, and made fantastic, untutored chalk drawings such as this figure with double pupils and a hovering crown. For Levitt, graffiti and children's drawings were present-day emblems of a precivilized, magical art, both spontaneous and archetypal.

[Graffiti: Chalk Drawing of Figure with Double Pupils, New York City], Helen Levitt (American, 1913–2009), Gelatin silver print

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