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Leon Levinstein: Obsession

Main Gallery

January 28 – March 5, 2005

Press Release

Howard Greenberg Gallery is pleased to present Leon Levinstein: Obsession. Characterized by their bold and dynamic compositions, Levinstein’s photographs are an encyclopedic catalog of a forty-year exploration of the streets of New York. Levinstein photographed anonymously, never greeting his subjects head on, but seeming to intercede between and around them without notice. He worked with the eye of a voyeur; from the privileged vantage of seeing without being seen. Photographing rapidly with a hand-held camera, Levinstein positioned himself in private spaces seemingly without the knowledge of his subjects. His graphic images excise people from their surroundings, often cropping out arms, legs, or even heads of figures, but never losing their relentless energy.