Tag Archives: Helen Levitt

the 1950’s: finding “togetherness” in suburbia

…During his time in the White House the personal style of whoever chances to be President often seems almost mystically to beocme the style of much of the nation. And Eisenhower’s style- old fashioned, conservative, anti-intellectual, and hopelessly square- was … Continue reading

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frank images

Loneliness and despair. Its part of the human condition. But not all of it. In its significance, and near pervasiveness, Robert Frank has been one of the best to capture, articulating all its nuances through mainly photography, but also film … Continue reading

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naples yellow: pots of peculiar gold

Italian neo-realismo. Very much a complement to, and reaction towards, the American ideological war as docu-drama that took flight in Germany after WWII and ran the gamut clunker to precursor to cinema verite. Italian realismo was not created in a … Continue reading

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examining the cracks

Play as an irrational pre-cultural activity. Fairytales have profound psychological meanings. Or so though Helen Levitt. In Europe, Mussolini was washing the Italian public through a cinematic industry that would gouge out the real for the most kitschy dog-show nonsense … Continue reading

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paisan: real to reel

Impressive. The Italian neo-realists encapsulated the entire postwar delapidation, nihilism and then re-birth by refusing to dodge the issues by intoxicating themselves with pretty pipe dreams and resonant extravaganzas, avoiding the temptation to money making based on the Hollywood formula … Continue reading

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alchemy and attics: even nice trash finishes last

Arousing the liveliest regret in the dreamer…. The scrap heap of history. The trash heap of history.Discarded and abandoned objects on the pile of the dustheap. Shipwrecked artifacts left to ebb and flow. So, what does ecology, the green movement … Continue reading

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happy days: manufacture of innocence

Halfway through the 1950’s , in the summer of 1955, Life ran an article entitled Nobody is Mad With Nobody.” In the text, in which, next to¬† photographs of things like two car suburban garages marked “his” and “hers”, the … Continue reading

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ceremonies of innocence: zesty improvised lives

The more things change, the more they stay the same? Before Helen Levitt and James Agee worked together on the documentary “The Quiet One” , they had planned to collaborate on a book of photographs and text. Levitt took the … Continue reading

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