Joel D. Levinson was born in Bridgeport, CT and graduated from Andrew Warde High School in Fairfield, CT. and received a BA in Communications and a Masters in Visual Arts from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was awarded with the Eisner Prize from the University for "Outstanding Achievement in Photography". Levinson is an Art Photographer who has had thirteen One Man Museum exhibitions of his work and is represented in forty-eight Museum Collections in North America and Europe. 
During the past nine years there have been 608 of Levinson's photographs added to eighteen Museum Collections including, LACMA,  New Orleans Museum of Art,  Boston Museum of Fine Art,  Portland Art Museum, Oakland Museum,  Denver Art Museum,  Library of Congress,  Huntington Library, Art Collections,  Museum of Tolerance, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago,  Smart Art Museum, University of Chicago,  University of California, Bancroft Collection,  Mead Art Museum, Amherst College,  University of Colorado, Bolder Art Museum,  University of Denver Art Museum,  Chapman University,  California Historical Society,  S.F.

There have been more than fifty magazine and international print articles featuring Levinsons' work, including Art, Artforum, Artfactum, Arts, Artweek, High Performance, Horizon, Interview, New Art International, People, Picture and Zoom.

Levinson published books to date, include Fleamarkets, Braus Editions (English, German and French Editions) and Joel D. Levinson, Photographs, PM Publications. A third book, TUPAC Unseen (2014) has been released first as an eBook.  Besides the print editions of  TUPAC Unseen, there are three other book projects (STARSTRUCK, After Eden in Black and White, and California Flea Markets -Expanded Art Book) of Levinson’s work prepared for release. LEVINSON 100 a mid-career Retrospective, previously, a limited Edition Hard cover will have an exhibition catalog edition.

Levinson is also listed in Witkin and London's The Photograph Collector, the Macmillan Biographical Encyclopedia of Photographic Artists & Innovators; and Of People and Places: The Floyd and Josephine Segel Collection of Photography, Aperture. and the Auer & Auer and the George Eastman House databases of photographers. He has been included in every edition of Who's Who in American Art since 1984.

Levinson's One-Man Exhibitions include: O.K. Harris - NYC, Carlo Lamagna Gallery - NYC, Marsha Mateyka Gallery - D.C., A Gallery for Fine Photography - New Orleans, America Haus - Berlin, Art Museum of South Texas - Corpus Christe, Center for Creative Photography - Tucson, Crocker Art Museum - Sacramento, Davison Art Center -Wesleyan University - CT, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art - University of Oklahoma, Hunter Museum of American Art - TN, J.B. Speed Art Museum - Louisville, Light Factory - N.C., Midwest Museum of American Art - IN, Milwaukee Art Museum, Musee Nicephore Niepce - France, Sprengel Art Museum - Germany, Wilhelm Hack Art Museum - Germany.

Museum and Institutions that have Levinson's work represented in their Collections (not including the above Museums): Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Baltimore Art Museum, Bibliotheque National, Paris, Boston Museum of Fine Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, California Historical Soceity, S.F., Chapman University, Denver Art Museum, Denver University-Art Museum, Herbert F Johnson Museum of Art-Cornell University, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Huntington Library-Art Collections, Library of Congress, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Mead Art Museum-Amherst College, Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, Musee Nicephore Niepce, France, Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Germany, Museum of Contemporary Photography-Chicago, Museum of Toleranc-Los Angeles, New Orleans Museum of Art , New York Public Library, Oakland Museum, CA, Norton Museum of Art, FL, Palm Springs Art Museum, CA, Portland Art Museum, OR, Richmond Art Center, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Smart Art Museum-University of Chicago, University Art Museum, CA, University of California-Bancroft Collection, University of Colorado, Boulder-Art Museum, Weisman Art Museum-University of Minnesota, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Canada, Yale University Art Gallery.

As a photographer/designer Levinson worked for many major Hollywood Movie Studios, independent film labels as well as major and independent Record Companies including: Paramount Pictures, Warner Brothers Pictures, Warner Brothers Records, Universal Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Tri-Star Pictures, Disney Studios, Miramax Films, UGC, Capital Records, and EMI Music.
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