The Photography of Leon Levinstein

A last minute call to see (a must), Leon Levinstein’s (1910-1988)
exhibition of 50 vintage black and white photographs—not a single bad one,
as one critic recently wrote—by a photographer who, though he studied with Alexey
Brodovitch of Harper’s Bazaar, dedicated his life to street
photography and avoided assignments and recognition, earning his income as a
graphic designer.

The images here are often close-ups of the solitude of man in the city world by a solitary
photographer very much in the style—rough, gritty, dark and
un-sentimental—of another city loner dedicated to the misery of man,
Weegee, and later on the early William Klein. During his lifetime,
Levinstein’s unique talent was recognized by his peers. Edward Steichen was one of
his mentors, but remained relatively unknown by the general public because he
wanted it that way. Today, Leon Levinstein is at last where he belongs:
among of the best of the great American urban photography club. He is an
American classic.

For more information, please visit

Category: Exhibition
Steven Kasher Gallery
515 West 26th,
New York, NY