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Levitt exhibit to be held in honor of the photographers work

on Wednesday,February 16,2011 20:02

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Photographer Helen Levitt was not only renowned for her iconic images, but inspiring future generations to pursue careers in the industry. Prior to her death in 2009, Levitt selected what she considered to be her best works, according to the San Jose Mercury News. In her memory, Stanford University recently narrowed down the pieces to be held in an exhibit in Levitt's honor.

The free show titled, "In a New York Minute: Photographs by Helen Levitt," is slated to open on May 1 at the Cantor Arts Center. Pictures will be on display, side by side, to allow viewers to compare Levitt's progression as a photographer and artist.

"I think part of why Levitt appeals to me is personal," Hilarie Faberman, the Cantor's Robert M. and Ruth L. Halperin curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, told the news source. "I was born in Brooklyn; she's a Brooklyn girl. The New York she represents is a New York I remember."

Levitt, who died in her 90s, managed to inspire individuals to enter the field of photography throughout her life. Her work is still motivating amateur photographers today.

More than half of the individuals who held jobs as photographers in 2008 were self-employed, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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