For a long time I was in the habit of looking through a photobook every evening, so my book collection is alive to me—I know it intimately. I noticed the other day that Amazon is listing a few "new old" copies of one of my favorites, Helen Levitt's Crosstown. Just a great book in every way. It went out of print very quickly. Really worth seeking out.
Whenever someone somewhere gives in to hyperbole and calls Vivian Maier "the greatest American street photographer of the 20th century" or words to that effect, I just smile inside and think, really? Greater than Helen Levitt? No offense to the once-obscure, now-famous nanny or her fabulous tale of discovery, but no way.
Crosstown is a book that repays revisiting.
I'll be posting a couple more nice book reviews today—including one of Harry Gruyaert, by Ken Tanaka—but first, I have a TOP reader coming by for a portfolio review—the second here at Lonesome Hilly Farmland HQ. I'll show you a few of the first reviewee's fine and fascinating pictures soon.
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