In the Street. Helen Levitt. Essay by Robert Coles. Duke University Press, Durham, North Carolina, 1987. First edition. Stiff photo-illustrated wrappers. Design by Marvin Hoshino. Printed in Japan by Toppan Printing. 105 pp. + list of the message written by children. SIGNED BY HELEN LEVITT IN INK ON THE TITLE-PAGE.
An insightful and moving book of over one hundred duotone-printed photographs of the outdoor drawings and messages left by children on urban streets, walls, and buildings. Some are imaginative and idealistic, some are heartfelt, some are merely blunt, and others reflect childish anger. Levitt made a career of photographing children in the city streets, and this collection brings together a visual and social theme she found repeated from one neighborhood to the next during the period from 1938 to 1948. Most of these images had not been published previously, and they were thoughtfully selected and sequenced by the photographer.
A fine copy, with one minor cover nick near spine and a soft crease from a light bump to the lower front corner that leaves a minor impression on the lower corner margin of the first twenty pages.