John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow, Builder Levy (born in Tampa in 1942 and raised in Brooklyn), makes hand printed gold-toned gelatin silver print and platinum print photographs that blend fine art, social documentary, and street photography “to produce works of power and beauty.” Initially, while still a student at Brooklyn College, Levy thought of himself as an abstract expressionist, but by the time he had obtained his Master’s degree in art education from NYU, he was focusing mainly on making photographs in his need to be more deeply immersed in the social realities of his time, and in his desire to physically create a new consciousness in and of the world.
His work is in more than eighty collections including the Sir Elton John Photography Collection, International Center of Photography, Brooklyn Museum, The Ringling Museum of Art, and Victoria and Albert Museum.
His photographs have appeared in more than two hundred exhibitions, including more than fifty one-person shows. The High Museum of Art included him in Road to Freedom: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1956–1968.
Levy photographed life in coalfield Appalachia over more than four decades. For almost fifty years he photographed life in inner-city communities, where, for thirty-five years, he was a NYC teacher of at-risk teens.
The lecture will take place on February 25th at 7PM in FAB249.