Leon Levinstein - Photographs New York Thursday, October 7, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Shamis, The Moment of Exposure: Leon Levinstein, p. 89
    Stourdzé, Leon Levinstein: Obsession, pp. 155, 312

  • Catalogue Essay

    This selection of photographs by Leon Levinstein is a dynamic snapshot of his work in and around New York City from the 1950s through the 1970s. His unique style combines the performative aesthetics of street photography and the more confrontational close-ups of psychological portraits. Present throughout is the pulse and energy of the city that served as his main subject throughout his career. Levinstein’s work is held in the collections of the International Center for Photography, New York, The Museum of Modern Art, New York and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., among others.


Selected Images

Thirteen gelatin silver prints, seven flush-mounted to thin board.
Various sizes from 9 3/4 x 12 3/4 to 11 x 14 in. (27.9 x 35.6 cm) or the reverse
Each with one or more credit stamps on the verso, the reverse of the mount, or on a label affixed to the reverse of the flush-mount. Three signed in pencil on the verso or on a label affixed to the reverse of the flush-mount.

$20,000 - 30,000 

Contact Specialist

Sarah Krueger
Head of Department
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Vanessa Hallett
Deputy Chairwoman, Americas and Worldwide Head of Photographs
+1 212 940 1243


New York Auction 7 October 2021