'MEXICO' (HAT SELLER)
mounted, signed, titled, and dated in pencil on the reverse, 1941 (Helen Levitt: Mexico City, p. 67)
7¾ by 4⅜ in. (19.7 by 11.1 cm.)
This early, slightly warm-toned print, on a buff mount, is in generally excellent condition. When examined closely in raking light, the following are visible: very faint silvering in the darkest areas; a few scattered deposits of original retouching; a pinpoint-sized impression in the lower right quadrant; and 2 or 3 barely discernible superficial horizontal scuffs near the center. None of the aforementioned appear to break the emulsion.
The corners of the mount are slightly age-darkened.
The following are in an unidentified hand in pencil on the reverse: 'HL.307.Y'; '$4800'; V 222'; and 'M 74(a).'
When examined under ultraviolet light, this print does not appear to fluoresce.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
Acquired from the photographer, circa 1985
Helen Levitt used a right-angle viewfinder in Mexico City so she could photograph subjects to her left or right without being detected. As with her New York images, Levitt documented the complexity of Mexico City life by seeking out blue-collar neighborhoods and markets where she could capture intimate portraits and subtle interactions between the city’s inhabitants.