Adam Harrison Levy is a writer and documentary film producer and director. He specializes in the art of the interview. For the BBC he has conducted interviews with a wide range of artists, writers, and actors. He wrote catalogue essays for Hiroshima: Ground Zero 1945 and Saul Leiter: Retrospective. He teaches at the School of Visual Arts and in the Film Studies Department at Wesleyan University.


Statement

Eclecticism will propel the writing here, as well as a belief in narrative and the importance of biography.

High will mix with low, the purely visual with the textural, journalistic reportage with meditative essay. Painting, film and photography will be gateways into visual history.

I’m compelled by stories that start off as a knot: stories that have to be unraveled or untied, stories that are mysteries or enigmas. I’m also drawn to people, places and things that have been forgotten, overlooked or ignored.

Some of my posts will be biographical profiles, built from the ground-up and assembled from interviews. Some will be riffs on current exhibitions or reviews of events: ticker tape stuff to keep you plugged into design related (in the widest sense) happenings in New York.

Other posts will be long form narratives, stories of discovery: shoe leather journeys, constructed from original, first hand research, rather than from information that has been re-purposed from other sources. I’ll toggle between these in-depth pieces and nimbler, shorter takes on an image, a thing, or an idea in order to keep things zinging along.

I believe in the importance and resilience of story. My ideal is to write pieces that are as compelling as fiction, or as gripping as a scene from a film.

Adam Harrison Levy
Bustles and Thongs
11.20.14

The enduring fascination with lingerie


Adam Harrison Levy
Saul Leiter: Early Black And White
09.17.14

On the occasion of a new exhibition Adam Harrison Levy remembers a friend and the intimacy he captured


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An Interview with Picasso

Adam Harrison Levy
Coney Island of The Mind
08.25.14

It’s late August and your shirt sticks to your back. The only escape is….the beach.


Adam Harrison Levy
Hiroshima Lost and Found
08.06.14

The lack of visual evidence of the atom bomb’s effect has helped us to forget its devastating impact. To see is to remember.


Adam Harrison Levy
Tracks of My Tears
07.15.14

As Rose-Lynn Fisher’s photographs make clear, your tears are yours alone and each one is different.


Adam Harrison Levy
Jeff Koons’s Studio: An ER Room for Art
06.27.14

Walking into Jeff Koons’s studio is like entering a medical laboratory crossed with an open plan office. It’s an ER room for art.


Adam Harrison Levy
Letters in Reverse
06.14.14

Adam Harrison Levy on a son’s hopes for his father.


Adam Harrison Levy
The Unseen D-Day
06.06.14

There are other photographs taken on the beaches of Normandy that are almost entirely unknown. Never seen before, we present the photographs of Manuel Bromberg, Normandy, 1944.


Adam Harrison Levy
Geek Stories

Adam Harrison Levy
The Last Unknown Place in New York

Adam Harrison Levy
The Falling Man: An Interview with Henry Singer
05.23.14

The Falling Man is a 90-minute documentary that tells the story of a controversial image. Who took it? Why was it censored? And who was the man in the photograph?


Adam Harrison Levy
The Oldest Living Things In the World
05.09.14

Climate change — once a distant fear — is already upon us, Rachel Sussman’s glorious, and vitally important book could not have come at a more crucial moment.


Adam Harrison Levy
Data Loss
04.03.14

Adam Harrison Levy on losing everything he had stored on his phone for three years.


Adam Harrison Levy
Artist’s Cookbook: David Levinthal

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Artist’s Cookbook: Kiki Smith

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Designer’s Cookbook: Jake Tilson

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Designer’s Cookbook: Louise Fili

Adam Harrison Levy
Artist’s Cookbook: Joel Meyerowitz
12.10.13

Photographer Joel Meyerowitz's story of marriage and pasta con le sarde.


Adam Harrison Levy
Artist’s Cookbook: April Gornik

Adam Harrison Levy
Saul Leiter: Remembered

Adam Harrison Levy
Artist’s Cookbook: Alex Katz
11.26.13

When it comes to food, Alex Katz keeps it simple.


Adam Harrison Levy
Designer’s Cookbook: George Lois
11.19.13

George Lois designs iconic Esquire covers, but you should hear him talk about food.


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Adam Harrison Levy on Questions

Adam Harrison Levy
Dylan Stone: 100 Years

Adam Harrison Levy
A Father’s Things

Adam Harrison Levy
The Geometry of Time

Adam Harrison Levy
A History Of The World In 100 Objects
01.23.12

Adam Harrison Levy reviews the book A History Of The World In 100 Objects.


Adam Harrison Levy
Disaster with a D
11.10.11

The famous movie Star had twice failed to show up for the interview. The crew passed the time by sending emails, making phone calls and gorging on the food. I paced.


Adam Harrison Levy
Jump Cut: Thoughts on Editing
07.07.11

What can designers, architects and writers learn from the art of film editing?


Adam Harrison Levy
A Tattoo, A Toothbrush and A Pipe
06.18.11

Adam Harrison Levy writes three stories for Father's Day: about being a father, about father-hood and about his own father.


Adam Harrison Levy
Hiroshima: The Lost Photographs
05.23.11

Close to a decade ago, a man caught sight of a battered suitcase: inside it, he found photographs of a bombed out Hiroshima. A unique slideshow of 100 photographs.


Adam Harrison Levy
Sustainable Christmas Trees
12.13.10

From artificial firs to rented spruces, a report on alternatives to the chopped-down Xmas tree.


Adam Harrison Levy
The Wood Stacker
09.29.10

All his work, freed him from a dependency on oil. His heat is local.


Adam Harrison Levy
Death’s Bloom
02.23.10

From 1913 to 1971 five thousand one hundred and twenty one mentally ill patients were cremated. Their remains were sealed in copper canisters. In 2000 David Maisel photographed them.


Adam Harrison Levy
O Tannenbaum!
10.14.09

People are talking differently about Christmas trees this year. They’re downscaling or simplifying their annual rite.


Adam Harrison Levy
Significant Objects: Star of David Plate
08.17.09

Significant Objects is a much-discussed experiment conducted by Joshua Glenn and Rob Walker. The first of five stories is by Adam Harrison Levy...


Adam Harrison Levy
Cars R Us
07.01.09

Andrew Bush’s photographs, featured in his new book Drive, remind us just how intimate we have become with our cars.


Adam Harrison Levy
An Interview With Philip Glass
05.12.09

In 2005, Adam Harrison Levy interviewed Philip Glass for a BBC documentary film about Chuck Close. Glass was seated in front of the monumental painting Phil, 1969. This is their exchange.


Adam Harrison Levy
William Klein: Contacts
03.31.09

William Klein made a rare appearance in New York recently to promote his latest book, Contacts. American by birth, he has lived most of his life in Paris. He is now 81.


Adam Harrison Levy
The Inventor of the Cowboy Shirt
09.30.08

A few years ago, I found myself lost inside a shopping mall with Jack A. Weil, better known as Jack A, the man who, in 1946, invented the snap-buttoned cowboy shirt.


Adam Harrison Levy
The Passion of George Lois
04.22.08

How adman George Lois chronicled the sixties with his cover designs for Esquire magazine, with a peek behind the scenes at the legendary famous Muhammad-Ali-as-St. Sebastian photoshoot.



Influences

Found photographs
Errol Morris
Dark Chocolate
Orson Welles
London

Films by Adam Harrison Levy

Lou Reed Remebered, BBC4
US producer/Director Interviews
Paul Auster, Lenny Kaye
December, 2013

Secret Voices of Hollywood, BBC4
US Producer/Director of Interviews
August, 2013

Tracy K Smith, Pulitzer Prize in Poetry
Producer/Director, Rolex Mentorship Program, Proudfoot, UK
May 2012

The Kennedys: A Culture Show Special, BBC 2
BBC 2, US Producer/Director Interviews
Interview with Lewis Lapham
June 15, 2011

Hiroshima: Ground Zero, 1945
International Center of Photography
Trailer for exhibition
Vimeo, May, 2011

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Catalogues by Adam Harrison Levy

Saul Leiter
Deichtorhallan, Hamburg, Germany
August, 2012

Hiroshima: Ground Zero, 1945
International Center of Photography
New York
August 2011

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