For nearly four decades, Lear Levin worked as a film director and director of photography. His credits include feature length documentaries, short films, TV specials and thousands of commercials ranging from Prince Spaghetti to United Airlines. His television work on Barbara Smith’s and Martha Stewart’s lifestyle shows received numerous Emmys. The Museum of Modern Art, the George Eastman Library as well as numerous U.S. and international universities hold his work in their permanent collections.
Throughout his professional life while carrying a motion picture camera on his shoulder, Levin always kept a still camera around his neck. This secondary lens allowed him to capture images he wished to preserve until the time when he could work in his lab and print his collected images. Ballet dancers, rodeo cowboys, prize fighters, exotic locations, flora and fauna were of particular photographic interest and became subjects Levin explored.
Levin spent years learning the hand-crafted printing techniques of Platinum/Palladium, Three-Color Gum and the marriage of both mediums. These rare processes are considered the most archival in photography and result in a textured, painterly quality that is not only enduring but unique. His Giclee prints are rendered with the same careful attention employing fine watercolor paper and the highest quality archival inks.