Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Zebrato. Photographs by Michael Levin. Foreword by Barry Dumka. Dewi Lewis, Stockport, 2008. 96 pp., 46 duotone illustrations, 11¾x11¾".

I often find Michael Levin's work in a way obvious in its beauty. With this book however, especially with the imagery above, I must say the shapes - found or carved out with the help of the landscape - really spoke to me.

Book description:

"Michael Levin’s award-winning and extraordinarily beautiful photographs have a very painterly quality. In a recent feature profile, the American fine art magazine Focus declared 'Michael Levin’s captivating images are soulful and evocative; he is truly one of the rising stars in photography.'

Using long exposures Levin reduces the landscape to elemental shapes. Each image has a simplicity and purity capturing the essence of the landscape.

Many of his photographs feature water and clouds, and show what has been described as ‘the smooth skin of light’, yet it is the architectural intrusions into these clean spaces that most engage him. Wooden posts, concrete barriers, weathered rocks, dilapidated jetties, even the elegant shape of French topiaries introduce elements which seem to haunt the landscape and introduce a human presence."

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