Untitled (Girl on steps), 1960s

While going through the archive we’re finding many street images of children. Helen Levitt often comes to mind especially when viewing photographs of children in New York City. Draper also has several photographs of children and street drawings that evoke Levitt’s In The Street: chalk drawings and messages, New York City 1938-1948


In 1966 Camera published a portfolio entitled “Harlem” featuring the work of several Kamoinge Workshop members including Louis Draper. This image was selected as the cover photo and has become one of Draper’s most well known photographs. In 2010 it was selected as the cover image for The Self in Black and White: Race and Subjectivity in Postwar American Photography by Erina Duganne, Dartmouth College Press

John Henry, 1960 (Lower East Side, NY)

John Henry, 1960 (Lower East Side, NY)