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Jerome Liebling

Jerome Liebling

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Author Jerome Liebling

Minnesota Historical Society Press (May 15, 1997)


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.

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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.

  • 134 pages
  • 10 x 11.75 inches
  • ISBN: 9780873513548

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