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Acclaimed New York Photographer

Ms. Levitt was best known for street scenes of children in the 1930s and 1940s. In one photo, three children with masks stand on a stoop before trick or treating. In another, four girls on a sidewalk turn to stare at soap bubbles floating in the air. She was drawn to such neighborhoods as Spanish Harlem and the Lower East Side where, in a time before television, people treated the streets as their living room.

Peter Galassi, chief curator of photography at the Museum of Modern Art, said Ms. Levitt's photos "were as good as anybody ever made at capturing the life spirit of kids on the street."

"They've now become historical documents because there was this kind of openness and freedom and safety on the streets that hasn't existed for a long time," Galassi said.

Ms. Levitt was born Aug. 31, 1913,fake bvlgari white ceramic ring, in Brooklyn. After dropping out of high school, she taught herself photography while working for a commercial photographer. As she began to hone her craft, she struck up acquaintances with celebrated photographers Henri Cartier Bresson and Walker Evans.

She contacted Evans in 1937 to show him her photographs of children. "I went to see him," she told the New York Times in a 2002 interview, "the way kids do,AAA bulgari ceramic ring price, and got to be friends with him."

Her work was first published in Fortune magazine's July 1939 issue on New York City. The next year, her Halloween picture was included in the inaugural exhibition of MoMA's photography department. In 1943, she had her first solo show there.

She worked as a film editor to support herself in the 1950s. She returned to still photography in 1959 and was one of the first photographers to work in color.

Surveys of Ms. Levitt's career were held at the Sidney Janis Gallery in New York in 1980 and at the Laurence Miller Gallery in 1987. In 1991, the first national retrospective of her work was organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Books of her work include "A Way of Seeing" (Duke University Press, 1965), with an essay by James Agee; "In the Street: Chalk Drawings and Messages, New York City, 1938 48" (Duke University Press, 1987); and "Mexico City" (Norton, 1997).

Roma called Ms. Levitt "unquestionably among the greatest photographers that ever lived."

"She never had a moment where she wasn't completely engaged,AAA bulgari diamonds," he said.

He said her mind was sharp until the end. Just days before her death, Roma said, she "grilled" him during a visit about what he was photographing. "She demanded constant updates of what was going on in the outside world," he said.

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