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Untitled

Accession Number
2013/2.155

Title
Untitled

Artist(s)
Helen Levitt

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
circa 1939-1942, printed 1942

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

Dimensions
11 in x 14 in (27.94 cm x 35.56 cm)

Credit Line
Gift from the Collection of David S. Rosen MD, MPH

Subject matter
In this photograph, three children stand, about to walk onto a New York street, leaving their brownstone. One child stands with an arm on the railing, one knee crossed. The second stands with an arm reaching towards the first child, one leg on the step behind. A third child stands in front of the doorway, with one door open. She is putting on a mask, while the other two are already wearing theirs. Dettached from the context in which the children done these masks, the scene seems uncanny and humorous, which is charateristic of Helen Levitt's approach to street photography.

Physical Description
This photograph depicts three masked children standing on the steps of a browstone building in a city.

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
boys
brownstones (houses)
children (people by age group)
girls
masks (costume)
standing
steps (stair units)

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