Feb 24, 2015
Feb 24, 2015

Man in Suit, Woman in Fur Coat

Man in Suit, Woman in Fur Coat


Leon Levinstein

(American, 1910–1988)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 45.1 x 39.3 cm (17 3/4 x 15 1/2 in.); Page: 50.4 x 40.7 cm (19 13/16 x 16 in.)

Gift of George Stephanopoulos 2014.482



Leon Levinstein photographed, according to gallerist Helen Gee, “wherever there were people—Times Square, Coney Island, the Lower East Side.” She described him as “a large man with a slow, shuffling gait, skirting the fringes, searching the crowd. Obsessed with New York—not the turf so much as the people—he concentrated on the anonymous, those faceless people one passes on the street and doesn’t notice.” Levinstein studied at the Photo League but, unlike most of its members, denied any interest in making social statements through his photographs.

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