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New York

(Children with Masks and Trumpet)

Helen Levitt (American, 1913–2009)


Image: 17.6 x 18.4 cm (6 15/16 x 7 1/4 in.) Mount: 43 x 35.4 cm (16 15/16 x 13 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Photograph, gelatin silver print

Not On View


Americas, Photography



Mounted to medium-weight off-white wove paper.

Beginning in the 1930s, Helen Levitt wandered throughout New York City capturing the spirited play of children on the sidewalks of the poorer neighborhoods of Harlem and the Lower East Side. She worked as unobtrusively as possible with her handheld Leica, sometimes using a right-angle viewfinder to capture her subjects unawares as they took part in their imaginary games and masquerades. Shooting in both black-and-white and color, Levitt shared with her contemporaries Ben Shahn and Walker Evans a keen sense of timing and an intuitive ability to catch the telling gestures and postures of people interacting with one another in public spaces.


Verso, in graphite, ctr.: circa 1942 Helen Levitt N. Y. / only one; Verso, in graphite, l.l.: New York; and l. r.: Helen Levitt


Lawrence Miller Gallery, New York; purchased February 1994.

Credit Line

Sophie M. Friedman Fund


© Helen Levitt