Helen Levitt PHOTOS FROM THEN

Last summer a friend from the Rockaways was selling a camera collection.

Leicas and Hasselblads.

They had cost a fortune in the 70s.

I offered him $500.

He said no and sold them for $600.

I should have upped my bid, because nothing is better than real film.

Just take a look at these photos by Helen Levitt.

Helen Levitt was a high school dropout from Bensonhurst, but in the 30s discovered the enigmatic chalk drawings of Harlem children and shot them with a Leica.

Jean-Michel Basquiat must have seen her work.

Oh, for those years of then.

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