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United States of America 1910 – 1988

Woman holding child [(Woman holding child)] c.1960 Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph

Primary Insc: Signed reverse on label, l.r., pencil "Leon Levinstein". Stamp reverse on label, l.r., "Leon Levinstein Archive".
Dimensions: printed image 26.5 h x 28.9 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1987
Accession No: NGA 87.109

In my photographs I want to look at life—at the commonplace things as if I just turned a corner and ran into them for the first time.  Leon Levinstein 1955

Growing up in West Virginia, after moving to New York City in 1946, Levinstein worked as a graphic designer and devoting all his spare time to photographing on the city streets. A master of classic street photography, his skill in capturing scenes with a raw, gestural immediacy is always combined with a marked concern and compassion for people on the fringes of society.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra