David Leventi Biography

David Leventi (b. 1978) grew up in Chappaqua, NY and Nantucket, MA. In 2001, he received his BFA in Photography from Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri. David Leventi's photography has been widely published in TIME, Architectural Digest, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, ESPN The Magazine, FT Weekend Magazine, Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, among others. In 2007, David Leventi was selected by Photo District News as one of their Top 30 Emerging Photographers. David Leventi's photography is included in prestigious private and public collections including The Sir Elton John Collection and The Cleveland Museum of Art. In his most recent series OPERA, Leventi records the interiors of more than 40 opera houses spanning four centuries and four continents. Shot meticulously over eight years, OPERA presents a typology; each empty hall is seen from the place at center stage where the singers would stand. Perhaps the work even casts a new light on the Renaissance debate of seeing versus hearing as the primary means of perceiving beauty. In 2015, OPERA was published by Damiani Editore with a foreword by Plácido Domingo, Texts by Marvin Heiferman and Thomas Mellins. David Leventi currently lives and works in Brooklyn.