If I was to compile a list of favorite photographers, it would probably take me a while to write them all down but one thing I know for sure is that Helen Levitt would be right up there towards the top. I was introduced to Ms. Levitt's photography through a 1991 retrospective at the San Francisco Museum of Art and I was completely floored by the scope of her work. Each photograph was like a magic window containing a perfectly composed image of another time and place.
From her early black and white studies of children playing in the streets of New York to her later color photographs, there is a seemingly effortless beauty to Ms. Levitt's compositions. Some of the images possess such a tenderness and innocence that they make my heart ache (in a good way). These are a few of my favorites.