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On Assignment: Photographs by Arthur Leipzig

Exhibition: April 11 – May 31, 2005

The Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery presents On Assignment: Photographs by Arthur Leipzig. The project On Assignment serves as a major retrospective of the renowned photographer Arthur Leipzig (b. 1918). On May 5, the Gallery will host a reception and book signing for Arthur Leipzig from 5 to 7 pm. Leipzig, perhaps best known for his photo essays depicting life in New York in the 1940s, has spent a lifetime capturing the human condition through his photographs. On Assignment will be the first major presentation to highlight the broad range of Leipzig’s astute photographic vision. Included are 70 photographs representing his most significant bodies of work either taken on assignment for major publications or for his own “self-assignments”: children, New York, rural labor, winter fishing in the Atlantic, Pablo Casals, South Sudan, Mexico, pediatric hospitals, and Jewish Life. The show is organized by the Library Gallery and curated by Tom Beck and Cynthia Wayne.

Throughout his career, Arthur Leipzig has viewed photography as an exciting way to both connect with the world and to separate from it. He has remarked: “I have been able to observe the world and myself. Photography has helped me to learn much about both.” At eighty-six, Leipzig’s lifetime of learning is clearly visible in his photographs, a broad selection of which has been gathered into this exhibition.

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