David Levene, the Guardian photographer, has been a regular contributor to that newspaper’s Eyewitness photography series which appears in full colour in the centre spread of the newspaper each day (Levene, 2014). Levene says of his work: “An Eyewitness photograph should always provoke the feeling of being involved or part of the scene, and that is something that I always consider when I am composing or thinking about the subject that I am shooting (GNM press office, 2014). A commentator has remarked: that ‘Levene’s images set out unequivocally the heroic struggle of life in the city – multiple viewpoints and an epic scale force the viewer to contemplate the retina-searing visual chaos of urban life (GNM press office, 2014).
David Levene’s work is relevant because my Assignment is to photograph in a city. The series taken by Levene in Warsaw was of particular interest (Guardian, 2011). Figures 1 to 7 below are taken from the gallery at Guardian (2011).
See also this blog’s entry on photographer Anthony Hernandez at: https://cormac513273.wordpress.com/2014/09/18/assignment-1-reflection-ii/
See also this blog’s entry on photographer Polly Braden at: https://cormac513273.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/assignment-1-other-photographers-polly-braden/
GNM press office (2014) ‘David Levene: Eyewitness’ – Guardian photographer to exhibit in The Gallery at Foyles. [online] Guardian website. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/gnm-press-office/david-levene-eyewitness-exhibition-foyles (Accessed on: 02.10.14)
Guardian (2011) David Levene photographs Warsaw [online] Guardian website. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2011/apr/04/new-europe-poland#/?picture=373308037&index=12 (Accessed on: 02.10.14)
Levene, David (2014) David Levene: Eyewitness – in pictures [online] Guardian website. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2014/sep/02/david-levene-eyewitness-in-pictures (Accessed on: 02.10.14)
List of Illustrations
Figure 1. Levene, D (2011) An man makes his way through Warsaw’s old town At: http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2011/4/4/1301935601195/Warsaw-Old-Town-007.jpg (Accessed on: 01.10.14)
Figure 2. Levene, D (2011) Skaryszewski park, just north of the Vistula river At: http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2011/4/4/1301935600044/Skaryszewski-Park-006.jpg (Accessed on: 01.10.14)
Figure 3. Levene, D (2011) A man sells fox skins in Warsaw’s old town At: http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2011/4/1/1301676703719/A-man-sells-fox-fur-in-a–012.jpg (Accessed on: 01.10.14)
Figure 4. Levene, D (2011) A group of visiting Jews pray on the streets near the Nozyk Synagogue in the central Warsaw district of Osiedle Za Zelazna Brama (meaning Behind the Iron Gate) At: http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2011/4/4/1301935581982/religious-jews-pray-002.jpg (Accessed on: 01.10.14)
Figure 5. Levene, D (2011) A man makes his way through the backstreets of Praga, one of Warsaw’s most notorious areas At: http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2011/4/1/1301675635406/Housing-blocks-in-the-bac-011.jpg (Accessed on: 01.10.14)
Figure 6. Levene, D (2011) A Russian immigrant woman walks her pet raccoon through the streets of Praga, northern Warsaw At: http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2011/4/4/1301935584235/A-Russian-immigrant-with–004.jpg (Accessed on: 01.10.14)
Figure 7. Levene, D (2011) Diners in Rusalka bar mleczny, just outside the Old Town. A bar mleczny – literally milk bar – was a cafeteria created by Poland’s communist regime in the mid-1960s to provide cheap meals for workers who had no company canteen At: http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2011/4/5/1301993485511/Diners-in-Rusalka-Bar-Mle-001.jpg (Accessed on: 01.10.14)