Chronology

 
1924 Born, New York City
   
1946 After serving in the U.S. Army during WWII, Liebling returned to Brooklyn College. He studied art, design, and photography. In the same year he joined the New York Photo League as an executive officer. Liebling studied with Paul Strand, and became closely associated with the League's members, including W.Eugene Smith, Dan Weiner, Lisette Model, Aaron Siskind, Beaumont and Nancy Newhall.
   
1949 Appointed professor of film and photography at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. First solo exhibition, at Minneapolis's Walker Art Center.
   
1951 Together with Allen Downs, Liebling produced and directed the film "Art and Seeing." Liebling and Downs would continue to collaborate on films for thirteen years. Additional documentary films that they produced, directed, and received numerous awards were: "The Tree is Dead", "Pow-Wow", "The Old Men", and "They Need These Days."
   
1961 Cofounder of the Society for Photographic Education.
   
1968 After being appointed Professor of Film Studies at Hampshire College, (1968) Liebling organized the Summer Film Institute (1971-1981) and was appointed Vice-President of the University Film Studies Center in Cambridge, MA.
   
1977 Appointed the first Walker Evans Visiting Professor of Photography at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.
   
1988 Worked with his daughter Rachel Liebling and Andrew Serwer on the film High Lonesome, a documentary on the history of bluegrass music.
   
1989 Received honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Portland School of Art, Portland, Maine.
   
2001 Liebling lives in Amherst Massachusetts, and is currently Professor Emeritus at Hampshire College. He continues to work with former students in filmmaking, including Ken Burns, Buddy Squires, and Roger Sherman.
   
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Awards

 
1984 Massachusetts Council of the Arts, Photography Fellowship, Massachusetts
   
1984 Massachusetts Arts Fellowship for Photographic Study of Massachusetts
   
1981 Guggenheim Foundation, Photography Fellowship, New York, NY
   
1980 NEA, Photographic Survey Grant, Washington, DC
   
1979 NEA, Individual Fellowship in Photography, Washington, DC
   
1977 Guggenheim Foundation, Photography Fellowship, New York, NY
   
1975 Massachusetts Arts and Humanities Foundation Fellowship, Massachusetts Arts and Humanities Foundation Fellowship
   
1964 Documentary Prize, Festival dei Popoli, Florence, Italy
   
1956 New Talent USA Award, American Federation of Art
   
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Solo Exhibitions

 
1995 The People, Yes, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN
   
1995 The People, Yes, The Photographers Gallery, London, England
   
1982 Contemporary Color: Jerome Liebling, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
   
1980 Jerome Liebling, Photographs, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
   
1978 Photography of Jerome Liebling, 1947-1977, Friends of Photography, Carmel, CA
   
1957 International Museum of Photography, George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
   
1949 Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
   
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Group Exhibitions

 
1994 American Photographers 1890-1965 from the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Kunstbibliothek Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany (traveled throughout Europe)
   
1994 American Politicians, Museum of Modern Art, New York (traveled around the United States)
   
1992 Flora Photographica, Serpentine Gallery, London, England (toured throughout the UK and Canada)
   
1985 American Images 1945-80, Barbican Art Gallery, London, England (toured in Britain)
   
1981 American Children, Museum of Modern Art, New York
   
1978 Mirrors and Windows: American Photography Since 1960, Museum of Modern Art, New York (toured the United States)
   
1978 Photos from the Sam Wagstaff Collection, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (toured the US, Canada, and Europe)
   
1978 Photographic Crossroads: The Photo League, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada (toured the United States)
   
1967 The Camera as Witness, Expo '67, Montreal, Canada
   
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Collections

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Fogg Museum, Cambridge, MA
Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada
Library of Congress, Washington, DC
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Getty Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN
Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX
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Bibliography

Metroscapes. The Minneapolis Gateway Photographs of Jerome Liebling and Robert Wilcox and Suburban Landscapes of the Twin Cit. Text by Robert Silberman and Colleen Sheehy. Minneapolis, 1998 (photo-eye Cat# WA058)
 
Jerome Liebling. The Minnesota Photographs. 1949-1969. Text by Allen Trachtenberg. Minnesota Historical Society Press, St Paul, 1997 (photo-eye Cat# ZB194)
 
Liebling. The People, Yes. Photographs by Jerome Liebling. Aperture, New York, 1995 (photo-eye Cat# AP318)
 
Jerome Liebling Photographs. Essays by Anne Halley and Alan Trachtenberg. Univ.of Massachusetts Press, Amherst, 1982 (photo-eye Cat# MA001)
 
Jerome Liebling. Essay by Jane Livingston. Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1980 (photo-eye Cat# CG007)
 
Aperature #78. Aperature Foundation, Inc., New York, 1977
 
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Education

 
1946 - 1948 Brooklyn College, Studied art and design
  Studied with Ad Reinhardt, Milton Brown, and Walter Roseblum
1946 - 1948 New York Photo League, Studied photography
  Studied with Paul Strand
1948 - 1949 New School for Social Research in New York, Studied motion-picture production
  Studied with Arthur Knight, Raymond Spottiswoode, and Leo Hurwitz




Favorite Photography Books

Classic Essays on Photography, Alan Trachtenberg
 
La France de Profil, Photographs by Paul Strand. Text by Claude Roy, (photo-eye Cat# AP415)
 
The Home Place, Wright Morris
 
In The Street, Filmed and edited by Helen Levitt, (photo-eye Cat# ZB295)
 
A Way of Seeing, Photographs by Helen Levitt, essay by James Agee
 



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