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Early Career

Levinthal came of age as a photographer in the 1970s and early 1980s alongside a new generation of artists who viewed photography as a way to dissect media culture, rather than a medium for documenting modern life as their predecessors had done. These artists of the so-called “Pictures Generation,” such as Cindy Sherman, Richard Prince, and Sherrie Levine, sought to reveal the constructed nature of photography by exposing its artifice and questioning its authenticity. Levinthal achieved this by deftly transforming a classic snapshot camera (America’s favorite truth-telling tool) into an instrument for capturing make-believe worlds.
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