Since 1972, David Levinthal has photographed dolls and toys in settings that force us to question their apparent innocence. While the surface of Levinthal's work appears glossy, ordered, and even beautiful, its content raises our most controversial subjects and speaks to our darkest histories. Confronting such difficult topics as racism and the Holocaust, the work challenges deep-seated stereotypes, national myths, and other culturally ingrained perceptions.
Levinthal has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. He has also had one-person exhibitions at the International Center for Photography, New York, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and other museums and galleries.