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.

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Category: Exhibition
Steven Kasher Gallery
521 West 23rd St,
New York, NY