In Memoriam: Tyler Clementi (1992-2010)

In Memoriam: Tyler Clementi (1992-2010)

Our hope is that our family’s personal tragedy will serve as a call for compassion, empathy, and human dignity.”

-Family of Tyler Clementi

Tyler Clementi was an 18-year-old Rutgers University freshman when he jumped from the George Washington Bridge in an apparent suicide in September 2010, days after he had been secretly filmed during an intimate encounter which was then broadcast on the Internet.

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Leon Levinstein: Hipsters, Hustlers, and Handball Players

Leon Levinstein: Hipsters, Hustlers, and Handball Players

Hipsters, Hustlers, and Handball Players is a knockout series of photographs by Leon Levinstein, which recalls the vibrancy of Robert Frank’s urban scenes and the unselfconsciousness of Walker Evans’ hidden-camera subway shots, but with elements of levity and the grotesque.  Staking out New York City’s busiest public arenas, Times Square, Coney Island and Washington Square Park, Levinstein photographed hookers, hustlers, housewives, businessmen, cross-dressers, and the permanently down-and-out with no trace of sentimentality, but with plenty of heart.

From the early nineteen-fifties until a few years before his death in 1988, he worked on the fly, and almost always without engaging his subjects.  Perhaps that’s why his pictures still feel so urgent and raw.  Levinstein refined his Bowery compositions, but he never blunted his hit-and-run attack.  He wasn’t slumming or judging; always a loner himself, he was communing with New York at its grittiest, and clearly relishing the experience.

The Photography of Leon Levinstein (1950-1980)

Slide Show: Hipsters, Hustlers, and Handball Players

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