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Exhibiting November 4, 2004 - Jan 29, 2005

(b. 1918)




Divers, East River, New York 1948


"Of course the 'good old days' were not all sweetness and light. There was poverty, racism, corruption and violence, then as now, but somehow we all believed in the possible. We believed in hope"

You can read more about Arthur Leipzig below, or go straight to the new image gallery.

To find out more about this artist or arrange to view the works in person please contact katestevens@hackelbury.co.uk

Arthur 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.

If you enjoy the work of this artist, you should also look at the work of Elliott Erwitt

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