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.