Hipsters, Hustlers, and Handball Players: Leon Levinstein’s New York Photographs

14 Jul

Currently on show at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York are Leon Levinstein’s New York Photograph Essay titled ‘Hipsters, Hustlers, and Handball Players’. Leon Levintein is best known for his candid and unsentimental black-and-white figure studies made in New York City neighborhoods from Times Square and the Lower East Side to Coney Island.

Curator Jeff Rosenheim explanations of the show’s highlights:

The challenge for anyone working on the street with a camera is to be able to control and to understand what their purpose and agenda is, but also to allow chance occurrences and something out of control to be, to incorporate that into their work.

The street is a place where things happen, and so this handball-players picture is just this sort of monumental body, this sort of gesture, this leap of the player out of the frame of the picture – it just is this dynamic thing. It does incorporate the game in a very, I think, compositional way… and just this idea that the frame doesn’t have to contain the whole figure, and in fact… the picture works because it doesn’t.  Read whole article: mutualart

The show runs through October 17, 2010.

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