Born in 1971 in New York City, United States. Lives and works in New York City.
Ethan Levitas' work is concerned with expressions of being, belonging and otherness. His photographs are collected and exhibited widely, including presentations at the National Portrait Gallery (United Kingdom), the International Center of Photography, the Consulate General of Japan, the Brooklyn Arts Council and the Center for Photography at Woodstock. In 2008, his work will be featured in a major exhibition at the New York Public Library.
Levitas has lived and lectured extensively in Japan, where in 1999 he created and directed a pioneering art-in-education program for Japanese senior high schools, and in 2002 he published the program as a photo-based textbook, Outside and In: Conversations about Identity, which has been in international studies curricula throughout Japan used as a primary teaching material in international studies curricula throughout Japan. A self-taught artist, Ethan is a graduate of Cornell University (BA Political Science, 1993).
Ethan has been awarded the Aaron Siskind Fellowship, the New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Fellowship, and the Kittredge Fund Fellowship, as well as multi-year project grants from the Japan-United States Friendship Commission and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership. His portraits are frequently commissioned by The New Yorker magazine.