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In Passing: Evelyn Hofer, Helen Levitt, Lilo Raymond


February 22nd, 2010 - May 23rd, 2010

The New York Public Library salutes three distinguished women photographers—Evelyn Hofer (born 1922), Helen Levitt (born 1913), and Lilo Raymond (born 1922)—all of whom passed away last year with an exhibition showcasing a sampling of their visionary and masterful photographs.

Evelyn Hofer was born in Marburg, Germany, and came to New York in 1946. She taught innumerable photographers who were drawn to her technical expertise and masterful use of the large-format view camera.

Brooklyn-born Helen Levitt was an early pioneer of color photography. Her work in “street photography” made her the unofficial visual poet laureate of New York City. She worked for nearly 70 years as a photographer.

Lilo Raymond was born in Frankfurt, Germany, and came to New York in 1939. She taught for several years at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, studied with David Vestal, and published her first book of photographs, Revealing Light (in which all of the photographs on display in this exhibition appeared), in 1989.

This exhibition, presented in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of the National Women’s History Project (coordinator of the annual celebration of Women’s History Month in March), features three dozen of their striking images, all from the Library’s Photography Collection.