American, born 1945
Wayne Levin’s photographs draw the viewer into submerged worlds both mesmerizing and mysterious, from the depths of the Pacific Ocean to the churning surf of the Hawaiian coast. Many of Levin’s images, photographed from just below the surface of the water, offer a dynamic new perspective on the familiar, such as his photographs of bodysurfers and of swimmers in Hawaii’s Ironman Triathalon. Yet Levin also finds his subjects in the dark realms of the ocean where whales and sharks drift among wraithlike beams of light and vast schools of fish gather into forms of startling geometry. Whereas underwater photography often relies on vivid color and can be prone to romanticism and sentimentality, Levin shoots only in black and white and his photographs draw their strength from an elegant simplicity and intimacy.