Native New Yorker Helen Levitt (1913-2009) made her reputation by capturing candid moments on the streets of her city. Today she is regarded as one of the forerunners of modern street photography. Take a look at the large collection of her work at the Museum of Modern Art.
My husband found this photo and knew right away that I would love the interplay of patterns. Did she spend time in front of a mirror putting on the tweedy knitted cap in a spiral pattern, adding the checked skirt, and topping it off with a jacket in yet another check? How serendipitous that Helen Levitt had her camera in hand when the woman hailed a New York checkered cab.
Is the woman older? Without a look at her face, there is no way to say for sure. I think she is, though, because of the rounded shape of her back.