Michael Levin

+ About the Artist

Michael Levin is an internationally recognized, self-taught photographer based in Vancouver, known for capturing black and white landscapes using long-exposures. Though he credits numerous influences like Mark Rothko or Michael Kenna for shaping his work and vision, he brings to the Minimalist tradition his own interpretation of place, often concentrating on where the sea interfaces with the land.

His iconic photographs are both soulful and evocative, constantly seeking a balance between contrary elements such as: tension and calm; harmony and discord; boldness and tenderness. A master at distilling his subjects down to simple forms and subtle tonalities, Levin crafts a deceiving simplicity in his images, making what remains of the landscape feel essential and revealed. He is particularly astute at capturing the smooth skin of light—the way it rolls over a place in the course of minutes—and illuminating common places with new intent, creating images which are both transfixing and transformative.

Darkskies
Counterpoint
Cologne_cathedral_web
The_rehearsal_web
Reading_room_web
Tourists_web
Akame_falls
Napoleon-canal
Sunshower2014
Ws_departing_ferry
Ws_shu_iro
Weir_30x45_2013
Grand-canal-30x45_2012
Calais-30x40_2012
Promenade_30x45_2013
Lakeside-cottage-20x30_2013
Harbour-walls-30x45_2013
Staccato-30x45_2013
Loire-view-20x30_2010
Brighton-pier-20x30_2012
Sundaymorning2011
Pods2011
Cloudburst_-_2006_copy
Seven_birds
White_gate_-_2009
New_concrete
Torii
Breakwaters
Tempest_-_2006
Weir_-_2007
Phantom_5x5
Quietsea2011
Stacked_pallets_-_2009
Pipeline__2005
Reveal__2006
Quiet_harbour_5x5
Sea_park_-2009
Jetty_2003
Morning_fog
Un_veau__2004
Feather__2004
Lost_mooring_2007
Points_north_-_2007
Spring_snow_-_2008
Canal_ring_(diptych)
Rift_2007
Michael_levin_bamboo_field_953_343
Sunrise_lake
Arch_rock_2007
Black_sun_2007