Leon Levinstein - The Forgotten Master

Leon Levinstein, unlike Vivian Maier, did have a shot at recognition during his lifetime. But unlike his contemporaries, he chose not to take the opportunities that came his way choosing instead to forge his own quiet and somewhat lonely path to greatness.
Since his death, this great talent has slowly received the recognition that should have been his due, during his lifetime.

Several recent books, Leon Levinstein Obsession



and

Leon Levinstein: The Moment of Exposure



and exhibitions, such as last years exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art 'Hipsters, Hustlers, and Handball Players: Leon Levinstein's New York Photographs, 1950–1980' have shown at last, the range of his extraordinary talent to a contemporary audience.

Featured below are a few images from last years Metropolitan Museum of Art show, including his iconic close-up of a man in the street (NY.)

All images are © Howard Greenberg Gallery


Close-up Portrait of Man on Street, New York City
© Howard Greenberg Gallery



Man, Mill's Hotel: Bleecker Street, New York City
© Howard Greenberg Gallery



54th Street, New York: Woman with Hairnet, in Winter Coat with Fur Collar, New York City
© Howard Greenberg Gallery
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