Jem Cohen on Leon Levinstein

Leon was a somewhat contradictory figure.

He wasn’t a naive folk artist. He loved photography and the history of photography.

He loved to go to museums (and) he’d studied some as a painter.

But on the other hand, he was not an intellectual.

He was very unpretentious, deeply down to earth, and quite a loner. And this all fed into his work.

He was, in his way, very private and soft-spoken, or at least he wasn’t prone to intellectualizing about photography or art work.
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