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Leon Levinstein

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American street photographer Leon Levinstein is much admired within the photographic community, but little known
outside of it. Solo exhibitions at the National Gallery of Canada in 1995 and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New
York in 2010 brought him to the attention of many, but his dynamic and original work is yet to achieve the recognition
it deserves. Levinstein’s fearless and unsentimental black and white images, whether shot in New York City, Coney
Island, Haiti, Mexico or India, possess in Metropolitan Museum of Art Curator of Photographs Jeff Rosenheim’s words,
“graphic virtuosity – seen in raw, expressive gestures and seemingly monumental bodies – balanced by an unusual
compassion for his off-beat subjects”. In 1975, at the age of 65, Levinstein received a grant from the John Simon
Guggenheim Foundation. His intention, in his own words, was to photograph “as wide a spectrum of the American
scene as my experience and vision will allow”. This long-awaited book fulfils this ambitious goal.

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Titel: Leon Levinstein
Autoren/Herausgeber: Howard Greenberg, Bob Shamis (Hrsg.)
Ausgabe: 1., Aufl.

ISBN/EAN: 9783869304434

Seitenzahl: 328
Format: 31,2 x 25 cm
Produktform: Hardcover/Gebunden
Sprache: Englisch

Born in West Virginia in 1910, Leon Levinstein moved to New York in 1946 and studied with Alexey Brodovitch, artistic
director of Harper’s Bazaar, and Photo League founder and teacher Sid Grossman, both important early advocates. By
1950, Levinstein was photographing strangers on the street, a practice he would continue for the next 35 years.

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