RANDAL LEVENSON (American b. 1946)
Randal Levenson was born in Wichita Falls, Texas in 1946 and developed an interest in photography during time spent in Alaska in the 1960s. He attended Brown University and studied photography at the Rhode Island School of Design.
In 1982, Aperture published a book of Levenson's work, In Search of the Monkey Girl. Accompanied by text by Spalding Gray, the book documents the ten years Levenson traveled with sideshow performers capturing moving moments of camaraderie and the spectacle of life on the road. Penguin Boy, Gorilla Girl, The Man with Two Faces... These are only a few of the characters who populate Randal Levenson's carnival of souls.
Randal Levenson's work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States and Canada. He has taught photography at the University of Ottawa and lectured at Harvard and Brown University.