Working with large format cameras, photographer David Leventi captures the grandeur, magnitude and sometimes the irony of his subjects. His portfolio includes photographs of famous opera houses around the world, but Leventi also finds the architectural stories of such places as international prison buildings. Part of the magic of his work is the feeling of presence - or rather, the absence of presence, they communicate, as Leventi’s architectural images are not populated with human subjects. This is a commonality in his works - the stories of a place, the quiet of an empty space that is usually full, the final notes of long-completed performances seemingly hanging in the air. Leventi captures and presents both the splendor of architecturally lovely places and the stories of less-obviously beautiful places - the interiors of airplane hangars, dilapidated playgrounds, and everyday street scenes.
Levent has a BFA in Photography from Washington University, St. Louis, MO. He has shown his photographs across the world, participating in exhibitions at the Julius Shulman Institute at Woodbury University, San Diego, CA, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Ft. Collins, CO, Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA, Paris Photo, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France, and one of the last exhibitions at the Chelsea Museum of Art, New York, NY. Leventi has received photographic awards and has been a guest lecturer at Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, and the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY. His work has been featured in such publications as the New York Times Magazine, TIME, Esquire, Condé Nast Traveler and Vanity Fair, and part of collections across the world including Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH, Credit Suisse Group AG, Zurich, Switzerland, and Fidelity Investments, Inc., Boston, MA.