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[Joel D. Levinson photographs from his Still life and Mass-media series].
BANC PIC 2016.105--ffALB box 1
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[Joel D. Levinson photographs from his Still life and Mass-media series]


Levinson, Joel D., creator, photographer.


Fine art photographs, some with autobiographical references, others pertaining to imagery found in such media sources as newspaper and television.


1976 (issued)


Still life series -- Boots -- Bulletin board -- Comics -- Completed pass -- Covers -- Descending images -- Desk in bondage -- Dying documents -- Encyclopedia -- Morning in a new home -- Oval -- Personal room -- Pre-version -- Unlocking drawer -- Used tennis socks -- Waxed car -- Mass-media series -- Black and white -- Black power, white shoulders -- Drawing the line -- Ellipsis -- Gesticulations -- In vogue -- Low cut pumps -- Precipation -- Residuals -- Reticulum -- Sectional I -- Sectional II -- Smiles in single file -- Stormy Monday -- Tempestuous Tuesday.


Mass media


Title devised by cataloger.
Prints contained in custom clamshell box, as received.
Printed label adhered to side of box: Museum edition: early vintage black & white silver prints, "Mass media" series - sixteen 11 x 14 photographs (1979-1984) & "Still life" series - sixteen 11 x 14 photographs (1976-1979) c Joel D. Levinson 1976-1984.
Backs of most mounts are captioned, dated and signed by photographer. Most mounts also include typescript series labels and photographer's address label: Joel D. Levinson, 8352 Kent Drive, El Cerrito, Ca. 94530.
Notes on accompanying printed inserts: 1. The photographs contained in the two enclosed museum edition series represent the earliest vintage photographs, most were made the year of their inception and is the only set of these prints that has listed the month as well as the year with labels (for many of the images) on the back of the 14 x 17 rag board. 2. All this work was created while Joel D. Levinson lived in the Bay Area from 1973-1987. 3. The Self Indulgence Series encompassed both the Mass-Media and Still-Life series. As both series expanded the two series were separated. Still Life images such as Bulletin Board, Encyclopedia, Comics, Descending Images and Completed Pass have direct Mass Media reference, while their more personal meaning classified them into the Still Life series.
Also includes separate printed inserts listing titles of images in each series.
Note on printed title inserts: All black and white photographs are vintage silver prints, printed on Portiga Rapid III matt paper selenium toned and printed by Joel D. Levinson.
Per photographer's website, the Mass-media series was later given the title Black market.
RESTRICTED. Requests for use of original must be approved by the appropriate curator.
Joel D. Levinson photographs from his Still life and Mass-media series, BANC PIC 2016.105, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Gift ; of Mark A., Annette and Elizabeth Levinson ; 2016.
CD-R disc containing reproductions of these 32 photographs transferred to the Digital Collections Unit of The Bancroft Library.


Photography, Artistic.
Still lifes.

Physical Description:

32 photographs in 1 box : gelatin silver prints on museum board mounts ; prints 26 x 33 cm or smaller, mounts 36 x 43 cm (14 x 17 format)




BANC PIC 2016.105--ffALB box 1



Copyright Note:

RESTRICTED. Requests for use of original must be approved by the appropriate curator.

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