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Leon Levinstein takes New York

Leon Levinstein takes New York

One of Levinstein’s sunbathers. More photos after the text.
How is it that a photographer like Leon Levinstein – a West Virginia boy who moved to New York in 1946 and took some of the most iconic photographs of the city and its inhabitants, a man whose work is compared to and was shown with Edward Steichen, Richard Avedon, Robert Frank, Diane Arbus and the like – how is it that a talented guy like that worked a day job his whole life and remained relatively obscure while his contemporaries are still known today around the world?