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Jerome Liebling: The Minnesota Photographs, 1949-1969

$ 45.00


When photographer Jerome Liebling arrived in Minnesota from his native New York City in 1949, he was a young man of twenty-five launching what would be nationally recognized as a distinguished career in fine art photography.

Here, in 118 photographs, is portrayed Liebling’s Minnesota. During two decades marked by social, political, and cultural change, Liebling traveled the state and found his largest subject--the depiction and interpretation of commonplace human experience.

The images range from the grain elevators and skid row of Minneapolis to the slaughterhouses of South St. Paul and the poor, working-class streets of St. Paul’s West Side; from the Iron Range and the Red Lake Indian reservation in the north to the farming towns in the south.

The vision of Minnesota that emerges from these extraordinary photographs is uniquely that of the artist, yet it leads viewers effortlessly to an enhanced understanding of the place, the times, and, always, the people.


  • Photographs and Comments by Jerome Liebling. Essay by Alan Trachtenberg.
  • Format: Cloth, 129 pages, 104 duotone photographs10 1/4 x 11 3/4
  • Publisher: MHS Press
  • Product ##: 0978-0873513548



JEROME LIEBLING taught photography and film at the University of Minnesota from 1949 to 1969. He left Minnesota for Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, where he founded a program in film and photography. He has received two Guggenheim fellowships, exhibited internationally, and published extensively.

ALAN TRACHTENBERG is Neil Gray Professor of English and American Studies at Yale University. He is the author of numerous books including Reading American Photographs: Images as History, from Mathew Brady to Walker Evans (1989); winner of the Charles C. Eldredge Prize for outstanding scholarship in American art, 1990). In 1991 he received the International Center of Photography Writing Award.



Praise for Jerome Liebling:


"I have seen hundreds of photographers during my years in public life, none better, or more creative, than Jerry Liebling. He always gave you the feeling of genius and of caring. His photographs justify that feeling."--Walter F. Mondale, former Vice-President of the United States and U.S. Senator from Minnesota


"In The Minnesota Photographs, Jerome Liebling has seamlessly combined a deep regard for people and the way they live with respect for the formal possibilities of his medium. This conjunction of a humanistic and an aesthetic sensibility has become increasingly rare and is to be cherished."--Naomi Rosenblum, author of A World History of Photography (3rd rev. ed., 1997)

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