Arthur Leipzig

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Arthur Leipzig was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1918. After studying photography at the Photo League in 1942, he became a 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. In 1946, he left PM. After a short stint at International News Photos, he became a freelance photojournalist, traveling on assignments around the world, contributing work 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.

“Arthur Leipzig’s career as a photographer fulfills the ideals of the great era of American photo-journalism. His start with the Photo League of the 1940′s, his freelance work in the 1950′s and 60′s, and his years of full-time teaching with more freedom to choose his assignments in the 1970′s and 80′s, illustrate the opportunities and hardships of a life in photography. The photographs in this catalogue celebrate Leipzig’s art – a life work that has been a sustained creative response to the challenge of photography as a means for expressing fundamental human experience.”