Joel Smith is the Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Morgan Library and Museum.
 (February 2018)


People Watching

New York City, circa 1940; photographs by Helen Levitt

One, Two, Three, More

by Helen Levitt, with an introduction by Geoff Dyer
The “street” in “street photography” does not refer to a location or a subject; it identifies an idiom. A street photographer walks into situations nobody controls in order to discover what can be made of them as pictures. She commits to contingency as a coauthor, as war photographers do, but …