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Leon Levinstein: The Indiscriminate Eye

When learning about the work of a new photographer, more often than not I have some piece of biography that helps me place the photographs in context. In the case of Leon Levinstein, I got to know him through working … Continue reading

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The Art of Spontaneity

For sixty years, documentary photographer George S. Zimbel (b. 1929) has been fascinated with capturing spontaneous moments. “Unique among the visual arts,” he writes, “is the ability of  a photographer to incorporate spontaneous action into a  still work.” His favorite … Continue reading

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Seen on the Street

Leon Levinstein, [Women, India], ca. 1979 (2008.94.5) Leon Levinstein, [Man on bicycle] (2010.113.10) Leon Levinstein, St. Marks Place, 1968 (2011.53.5) Leon Levinstein, Times Square, 1985 (2011.53.33) Street photographer Leon Levinstein (American, 1910-1988) came to New York in the 1940s and … Continue reading

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Words on the Street

The following selection of street photography is inspired by the current exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Street. Lee Friedlander, New York City, 1966 (673.1986) The Street exhibit is a collection of images, film footage, sketches, and other mixed media from the … Continue reading

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Undressed Rehearsal

Andrew Savulich, Man confused about spelling of new movie, 1986 Andrew Savulich, Mother and son at voguing ball, 1986 Andrew Savulich, Police prevent woman from jumping off Grand Central Station, 1991 Andrew Savulich, Woman laughing after car wreck, 1989 Andrew … Continue reading

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Helen Levitt, 1913–2009

Helen Levitt, New York, 1980 Helen Levitt, New York, 1940s On March 29, 2009, ninety-five-year-old photographer Helen Levitt died in her sleep at her New York home. Levitt was trained as a portrait photographer and her work was inspired by … Continue reading

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a shimmer of possibility

Paul Graham has consistently engaged the book as the ultimate forum for the presentation and circulation of his images, beginning in 1983 with the self-published A1—The Great North Road. His latest, a shimmer of possibility (Göttingen: Steidl, 2007), is made … Continue reading

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