Jerome Liebling

street photography dies

5 August 2011

It was last week when Jerome Liebling, one of the biggest exponents of street photography died of cancer. He had inspired generations of students with his humanitarian photography (40+ years teaching to be more precise).

Butterfly boy 1949

As part of the famed U.S. Photo-League organization of social photography, Jerome offered the portrait of a multi-faceted and socially committed New York of the 1930’s and 40’s, exploring and expanding the concepts of social and documentary photography. In the same period, he became involved with motion-picture production, and worked as a documentary filmmaker.

Jerome received many honors and awards including two Guggenheim Fellowships, and his work is in the permanent collections of many prominent museums including the Museum of Modern of Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the J. Paul Getty Museum in LA. In recent years Liebling had exhibitions of his work at The Yale University Art Gallery… or The Currier Museum of Art who actually filmed the following 3-min clip on his “Human Spirit” exhibition:

 + an extra one just uploaded by the Minnesota Historical Society

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