Leor Levine ©Carolyn Hall Young
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Mobile Photography and Art – Rest in Paradise – Leor Levine

It is with deep sadness that I share with you that we have lost another talented artist among us, Leor Levine was a friend and member of many of our online FB groups and was known on Instagram as mastaprint8.  There’s a reason for that, Levine was a masterprinter by vocation. As his dear friend Masha Mitkov expressed ‘[he] shied away from shameless self promotion in favor of technical mastery and artistic perfection. With him dies an encyclopedia of knowledge many of his students have tried to osmote. You could ask him any question about the darkroom, give him any film (shot at any speed), any developer (at any dilution), and any paper and developing technique, and he could give you the answer off the top of his head for developing times, or any other variables. Calculating chemical reactions in his head from a summation of trial and errors, he had an impeccable memory for proportions of matter. He understood how light worked in a way that any other human I know has yet to. He taught at Art Center in Pasadena for many years, and continued mentoring students well after his retirement’. To read more about him, please go to Masha Mitkov’s facebook page here.

I have created a video, showcasing what he saw, it’s a short memoir of not only his photography, but of his thoughts, rest in paradise dear Leor, until we meet…

Leor Levine ©Carolyn Hall Young
‘Leor Levine’ ©Carolyn Hall Young

Video Showcase

Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website— TheAppWhisperer.com— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said. Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London. Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - TheAppWhispererPrintSales.com has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art. Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK. She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: [email protected]

One Comment

  • Dan Conner

    I’m terribly sorry to hear of Leor’s passing. I met him in 1975 at Henry’s Camera on 8th Street in L.A. where we both worked. A more gentle soul you could not find; a more knowledgeable darkroom mind does not exist.
    If someone could contact me through email and inform me of his last years and how his family is situated with this terrible loss it would be appreciated.
    RIP my friend.
    Dan Conner