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Builder Levy: Humanity in the Streets documents the resilience and power of the multiracial population that American photographer Builder Levy encountered in New York City from the 1960s through the 1980s. In these turbulent decades, people around the world struggled for freedom and independence; across the United States, people marched in the streets to improve their lives and for justice and peace. On the streets of New York, Levy saw all this and more.
This comprehensive monograph gathers images of spectacular events and daily life alike. Included are photographs of civil rights and anti–Vietnam War protests in the 1960s, the peace march held in 1962 in response to the Cuban Missile Crisis and images of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. after his 1968 speech at Carnegie Hall. Also included are shots of the poverty-ravaged Brooklyn of the 1960s, '70s and '80s; the inner-city communities where Levy worked with teenagers as a public school teacher for almost 35 years; and marches and demonstrations in support of quality, integrated education for all NYC children and an end to police killings.
Combining the humanist spirit of social documentary with street photography's sense of timing and wit, and an intense awareness of aesthetics, the photographs in Builder Levy: Humanity in the Streets offer a beautiful and poignant document of a chapter in a city and a nation's history.
“Builder Levy’s Humanity in the Streets speaks of New York City and photography in a classic way…It is a remarkable visual story about beauty and humanity that must not be overlooked.” —Deborah Willis
Builder Levy was born in 1942 in Tampa, Florida, and raised in Brooklyn; as an art major he studied photography at Brooklyn College. His photographs are included in more than 80 public collections, including that of the International Center of Photography, the Brooklyn Museum, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the High Museum of Art, the Ringling Museum of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum. He is a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow and the author of three previously published monographs of his photographs. Levy lives in New York.
Builder Levy: Humanity in the Streets
New York City 1960s–1980s.
Foreword by Deborah Willis.
Elegant black and white spot-varnished tritone photographs in the streets of New York City from 1962 to 1989, including many powerful images of protest - from images of the civil rights marches to anti-Vietnam War protests.
Includes portraits of the people of the city, with a focus on young people and Black and Latino neighborhoods.
ISBN 9788862086127 US $49.95 CDN $67.50 Hbk, 9.75 x 12 in. / 136 pgs / 85 b&w October/Photography