A truly wonderful vintage photograph from Rebecca Lepkoff, as the story goes, first got into photography after she worked as a dancer at the 1939 World's Fair, using her earnings to buy a second-hand camera. From her home on the Lower East Side, she chronicled its changes via images of children playing, industrial activity at the waterfront, everyday commuters on the El, billboards at movie houses, and more. Her passion was the "urban choreography, rapid movement, and spontaneity of New York's bustling streets," according to Tablet's obituary, and she was able to document the "thrumming commotion of New York at a time when the theater of daily, blue-collar life took place not in the small, cramped tenement dwellings but on the sidewalks, stoops, docks, fire escapes, storefronts, and rooftops."
How fantastic we still have her images to enjoy now, and for many years to come. I really love this photograph, it has so much detail. And you know, it's all in the details.
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