Leipzig was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1918. After studying
photography at the Photo League in 1942, he became staff photographer
for The Newspaper PM, where he worked for the next four years.
During this period he completed his first photo-essay, on
children’s street games. After a short stint at International
News Photos, he became a freelance photo-journalist, traveling
on assignments around the world, contributing to such periodicals
as The Sunday New York Times, This Week, Fortune, Look, and
Parade. Edward Steichen encouraged him to teach, which he
did for twenty-eight years at Long Island University, where
he is now Professor Emeritus.
In his role as documentary photographer, Leipzig travelled
the city by day and night, always sensitive to its nightlife,
its poverty and poetry, its violence and drama. His affection
for the city he calls home is manifest in his work, and especially
in its range and vitality. It is not the ‘moment’
that he seeks, rather the human face, the sense of energy,
and of faith.
Leipzig has been included in many museum exhibitions, most
notable ‘New Faces’ (1946) and Edward Steichen’s
landmark ‘Family of Man’ at the Museum of Modern
Art in 1955, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s ‘Photography
as a Fine Art’ in 1961 and 1962. He has had one-man
exhibitions at the Nassau County Museum of Fine Art, Photofind
Gallery, Frumkin Adams Gallery and The Hillwood Museum. He
is also represented in the permanent collections of The Museum
of Modern Art, The Brooklyn Museum, The National Portrait
Gallery, The Jewish Museum and The Biblioteque Nationale.
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