Ethan Levitas was born in New York City in 1971.
His photographs are exhibited, published and collected internationally, including presentations at The New York Public Library, the Rencontres d'Arles Photographie (France), and the National Portrait Gallery (UK). Throughout his works, which include major series collections such as Ten-Year Study (2011), In Advance Of A Broken Arm (2009-10), Untitled/This Is Just To Say (2004-09) and Group/Portrait (1999) as well as focused studies and individual sittings, Levitas foregrounds and fuses an elaboration of contemporary concerns with a vigorous interrogation of the practice, process and reflection of the photographic medium itself.
Levitas has been awarded the Siskind Fellowship (Aaron Siskind Foundation), the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Artist's Fellowship, and the Kittredge Fellowship (Harvard University), as well as multi-year project grants from the Japan-United States Friendship Commission and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership. He has been named a Finalist for the Center for Documentary Studies/Honickman Prize, a nominee for the Arles International Discovery Award and shortlisted for the Cartier-Bresson Prize, Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson. His prints are held in distinguished private and public collections, including the permanent collections of The New York Public Library and The Jewish Museum, New York. His photographs have been frequently commissioned and published by The New Yorker.
Levitas has lived and lectured extensively in Japan, where 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 monograph textbook, Outside and In: Conversations about Identity , which has been used as a primary teaching material in international studies curricula throughout Japan.
Self-taught in photography, Levitas studied Government and International Relations at Cornell University.