Helen Levitt: New York, NY, 1971 (Three Roosters)
14 x 17 in.
Signed and titled on verso, with printing date the notations 'Ektacolor Plus' and 'Tartaro color'*
Corner mounted in 17 x 22 1/2 in. window mat.
*Tartaro Color was a renowned printing lab that specialized in dye-transfer prints. As well as printing work for many of the most renowned photographers of the period, Frank Tartaro trained many master printers along the way, leaving a mark on how we experience color prints to this day.
Helen Levitt (1913-2009) was one of the most important figures in twentieth century photography. Her work was shown at the Museum of Modern Art in 1943, very early on in the history of the Museum's photography department. And, though William Eggleston gets much deserved credit for his groundbreaking show of color work in 1976, Levitt's color photographs were shown there in 1972. They are on view there now, as part of the show Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography.
From the publisher of Slideshow, a monograph of Levitt's color work:
"In 1959, and again in 1960, Helen Levitt received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation to photograph in color on the streets of New York, where she had photographed two decades earlier in black-and-white. But tragically, the best of these pioneering color pictures were stolen from her apartment in 1970 and she had to start over again. In 1974 the new work was shown as a continuous slide projection at New York’s Museum of Modern Art—an early example of a slide show presentation by a museum and one of the first exhibitions of serious color photography anywhere in the world."
"At least a dozen of Helen Levitt’s photographs seem to me as beautiful, perceptive, satisfying, and enduring as any lyrical work that I know. In their general quality and coherence, moreover, the photographs as a whole body, as a book, seem to me to combine into a unified view of the world, an uninsistent but irrefutable manifesto of a way of seeing, and in a gently and wholly unpretentious way, a major poetic work."--James Agee
Print shows just a slight hint of fading; otherwise in excellent condition.