Our friend DaddyTypes had a very good week last week. Not only did he bring forth this hilarious Goodnight Moon Star Wars edition by Noah Dziobecki (titled “Goodnight Forest Moon”, of course), but he also reminded us of the awesome that is mid-century New York street photographer Helen Levitt. She’s got an exhibit at the Lawrence Miller Gallery through March 27, but all you need is the Tubes to get a sense of what a mind-blowing documentarian she was. Below is a German-dubbed version of In the Street, a 1947 short film she made with James Agee and Janice Loeb.
I doubt that Levitt would have wanted to romanticize poverty, but I’ll ask this anyway: Are our children really that much happier than these kids? We spend a lot of time and money removing our children from the streets, segregating them from the dirt and noise and rhythms of adult life, shuttling them from one overly age-appropriate activity to another, arranging playdates instead of flashmobs, because the literature claims their delicate minds do better in one-on-one interactions. Don’t get me wrong: I don’t want my babies to have scabies either. But to see Levitt’s children is to realize that for all our enlightenment, we might not know everything.