Wayne Levin is a photographer based in Los Angeles. Born in Los Angeles in 1945, his father gave him a Brownie camera and a little kit to develop his own film for his 12th birthday, and from that early age he was hooked on photography.
After graduating high school in 1962, he attended Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California. Motivated to participate in the Civil Rights movement, he left Brooks in 1964. Over the next several years, he worked with the Congress of Racial Equality and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.
No longer a student, he lost his deferment and was about to be drafted when he decided a better choice would be to join the Navy. He spent two years aboard the USS Hornet, seven months of which were off the coast of Vietnam. While in the Navy, his family moved to Hawaii, and upon his discharge in 1968, he moved there to join them. His interest in travel and photography led him to take a year and a half trip around the world.