Levinthal’s childhood mementos and memories played a central role in his artistic development. In 1972, while studying photography at Yale University’s School of Art, Levinthal returned to the subject of fascination and play from his childhood. After years of photographing landscapes and urban scenes, Levinthal's transition to shooting miniature objects inside the studio marked a major departure for the artist. His new process involved an extremely shallow depth of field, so that only a small area of the photograph was in focus. Now a signature technique for Levinthal, it not only blurs the image but also the distinction between reality and fiction.