Builder Levy (American, b. 1942)
Intertwining social documentary and street and art photography, Levy’s work is about celebrating the human spirit. Levy has exhibited in more than 200 shows, including more than 50 one-person exhibitions in New York City, throughout the United States and around the world. He also showed his Appalachia photographs at the O.K Harris Works of Art and Flomenhaft Galleries in New York City.
His photographs are featured in more than 25 books including, Harlem, A Century in Images, Studio Museum of Harlem, 2010, Freedom, Phaidon Press, Cityscapes, Columbia University Press, 100 New York Photographers, Schiffer Press ‘09, Deborah Willis’ Posing Beauty, Norton Press, ‘09, and Coal Country, Sierra Club Books, ’09, and Road To Freedom: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1956-1968. He was the featured artist (with 22 photos) in Appalachian Heritage, Spring 2010. He was also featured in the last issue of Doubletake Magazine (Fall/Winter ‘07), edited by Robert Coles. His subjects include inner-city New York City where he was a NYC teacher of at-risk adolescents for 35 years; coalfield Appalachia (spanning more than 40 years), civil rights and peace demonstrations (in the 1960s & new millennium), Mongolia and other developing nations including Cuba, Venezuela, Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia.