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Leon Levinstein

Irving Penn Leon Levinstein ICP 1978 (Irving Penn fashion photo)
By Irving Penn
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Irving Penn/ Leon Levinstein ICP, 1978: Rare vintage original 1970s International Center of
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1970s Pop Art Black and White Photography

Materials

Silver Gelatin

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Haiti
By Leon Levinstein
Located in New York, NY
Photographing strangers at close range, Leon Levinstein captured the back alleys of New York City
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1960s Black and White Photography

Materials

Silver Gelatin

Man in Suit, Woman in Fur Coat
By Leon Levinstein
Located in New York, NY
Gelatin Silver Print 20 x 16 inches Stamped verso
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1950s Black and White Photography

Materials

Silver Gelatin

New Orleans, Mardi Gras
By Leon Levinstein
Located in New York, NY
Artwork Information: People in costumes and masks for Mardi Gras. Gelatin silver print; printed c.1975 Mounted. Signed, titled, dated, and annotated in pencil, with photographer's cr...
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1970s Black and White Photography

Materials

Silver Gelatin

Untitled, New York, ca. 1960
By Leon Levinstein
Located in New York City, NY
Untitled, San Francisco, ca. 1970
By Leon Levinstein
Located in New York City, NY
Harlem, ca. 1955
By Leon Levinstein
Located in New York City, NY
Untitled, New York, 1950s
By Leon Levinstein
Located in New York City, NY
Untitled, New York, 1970s
By Leon Levinstein
Located in New York City, NY
Untitled, New York, ca. 1955
By Leon Levinstein
Located in New York City, NY
Untitled, New York, 1950s
By Leon Levinstein
Located in New York City, NY
5th Ave, New York, ca. 1959
By Leon Levinstein
Located in New York City, NY
Handball Players, Houston Street
By Leon Levinstein
Located in new york, NY
Photograph by Leon Levinstein
Category

1960s Black and White Photography

Materials

Silver Gelatin

Untitled, New York, ca. 1970
By Leon Levinstein
Located in New York City, NY
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There’s a lot to love about black and white photography.

The unique and timeless quality of a black and white photograph accentuates any room. Some might argue that we’re naturally drawn to color photography because it’s the world we know best. This is a shared belief, particularly in the era of camera-phone photography, editing apps and the frenetic immediacy of sharing photos on social media. But when we look at black and white photography, we experience deep, rich shadows and tonal properties in a way that transfixes us. Composition and textures are crisp and engaging. We’re immediately drawn to the subjects of vintage street photography and continue to feel the emotional impact of decades-old photojournalism. The silhouettes of mountains in black and white landscape photography are particularly pronounced, while portrait photography and the skylines of urban cityscapes come to life in monochrome prints.

When decorating with fine photography, keep in mind that some color photographs may not be suitable for every space. However, you can be more daring with black and white photos. The gray tones are classic, sophisticated and generally introduce elegance to any corner of your home, which renders black and white prints amazingly versatile.

Black and white photography adapts to its surroundings like a chameleon might. A single large-scale black and white photograph above the sofa in your living room is going to work with any furniture style, and as some homeowners and designers today are working to introduce more muted tones and neutral palettes to dining rooms and bedrooms, the integration of black and white photography — a hallmark of minimalist decor — is a particularly natural choice for such a setting.

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Once you’ve selected the photography that best fits your space, you’ll need to decide how to hang the images. If you want to hang multiple photos, it’s essential to know how to arrange wall art. A proper arrangement can significantly enhance a living space.

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