Looking Up: The Child in the City

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This article examines the work of four documentary photographers: Gordon Parks, Helen Levitt, Walter Rosenblum and Jerome Liebling. During the late-1930s and 1940s, they photographed, in unique ways, the children and adolescents living in New York City. Their distinctive forms of street photography explore a subterrain of attitudes about child behaviour in an urban environment. The study is based upon interviews conducted by the author and a close examination of the work of the photographers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-133
Number of pages14
JournalHistory of Photography
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2006


  • urban photography
  • representations of children
  • New York City
  • Gordon Parks (1912-2006)
  • Helen Levitt (b. 1918)
  • Walter Rosenblum (1919-2006)
  • Jerome Liebling (b. 1924)


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