Almost 20 years ago I had chance to interview Helen Levitt on my WBAI radio program. Since the show was on Thursday afternoon, Helen explained to me, she couldn’t come into the studio and could only give me ten minutes on the telephone, lest I interfere with her weekly poker game.


Levitt was very much the enemy of innocence: knowingness emanates from her viewfinder and spread through the intentions of her subjects, who seem bent on an exploration of the mischief to come after the camera and its holder are gone.

It is this psychological continuity which brings us back to her work, again and again, and gives one the courage to declare, “I am a child.”

levitation by charlie finch