Edward Levinson’s image of Leonard Cohen on the Times Square billboard set off by the lights of Broadway is displayed on the cover of the August 2013 issue of Nippon Camera. That shot is part of “Manhattan Mashup,” Levinson’s nine page photo essay featured in the well-known Japanese camera magazine.
The photographers comment for the photo essay follows:
In the fall of 2012, I was in New York for four days attending photo seminars at the Javits Center. During the day, the only free time I had was walking back and forth from my hotel on 42nd Street in the center of Manhattan. At night, I explored nearby Times Square and Broadway, where the mix of humanity and bright lights in constant motion, created a real-life Disneyland. People and figures, both real and fake, stared at me saying, “This is New York, make of it what you will.” The face of musician and poet Leonard Cohen, looked down at the crowds from a giant poster (magazine cover photo), and with his quiet, serious expression, helped me to slow down and extract “my art” from all the visual stimulation.
Note: Originally posted Jul 31, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric