1934 - 1987
ROBERT LEVITHAN AT REHOBOTH BEACH
signed in ink on the reverse, framed, an Alexander and Bonin, New York, label on the reverse
gelatin silver print
14⅝ x 14¾ in.; 37.1 x 37.5 cm
This photograph, on double-weight Agfa paper, is in generally excellent condition. When examined in raking light, the following are visible: 2 sharp creases in the left portion; a tiny soft crease near the upper left corner; and a barely discernible thin linear impression running about 4-1/2-inches from the lower edge. None of the aforementioned appear to break the emulsion, nor do they detract from the overall fine appearance of this print.
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Collection of the photographer
Private collection, acquired from the above
Thence by descent
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2011
Robert Levithan (1951 - 2016) was an American writer, psychotherapist, expert on 'vital aging,' and AIDS/LGBTQ activist, as well as a co-producer for the first productions of Eve Ensler's 'The Vagina Monologues.' He was a group facilitator and counselor for several non-profit organizations, including Friends in Deed for 20 years, and co-founded The Healing Circle, a support group for individuals facing terminal illnesses. A long-term AIDS survivor himself (he was diagnosed with HIV in the early ‘80s), Levithan died of cancer in 2016.