UW-L photographer’s work remains popular

Image of woman at night, operating a projector.

This is one of the images by Linda Levinson from the Temenos screenings.

Some unique photographs by UW-La Crosse associate professor Linda Levinson continue to get international exposure two years after the images were taken.

Levinson shot images during the Temenos screenings of Gregory Markopoulos’s film “Eniaios” in Greece June 29-July 1, 2012. The event marked the third set of screenings of an 80-hour cycle of films left completed but unprinted upon the filmmaker’s death in 1992. The films are shown periodically outdoors in the mountains four hours from Athens.

“I have received a lot of positive feedback about the images,” says Levinson. “I photographed it as if I were participating in the event rather than observing it.”

Image of screening taken from the ground where a foot is in the foreground and the screen in the background.

Temenos screening. Photo by Linda Levinson.

The images, both in color and black and white, provide great detail of the one-of-a-kind event. They were so stunning that a portfolio of Levinson’s works appeared in the Millennium Film Journal, No. 59, an international publication for film scholars and enthusiasts.

UW-L supported Levinson’s invitation to photograph the Temenos screenings in 2012 as part of an International Development Fund Grant. A year later, she received a UW-L College of Liberal Studies Small Grant to edit the thousands of exposures she took while at the event.

This isn’t the first time the photos have caught the eye of international editors. Artforum magazine printed one of her Temenos photographs in 2012. Rebekah Rutkoff of City University in New York used many of them for a 2014 Society for Cinema Studies and Media Conference in Seattle. Oxford University Press has contracted to print one of the photos on the cover of P. Adams Sitney’s forthcoming book, The Cinema of Poetry.

Levinson has taught photography in the UW-L Art Department since 2009.