Everyday People

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Butterfly Boy, NYC, 1949 Photographer Jerome Liebling (1924-2011) grew up in Brooklyn. In 1948 he became a member of the Photo League, a group of socially aware photographers who took to the urban streets to document life. This month Liebling’s daughter, filmmaker Rachel Liebling, has curated a retrospective of his work on show at Steven Kasher Gallery in Chelsea.

With many of the pieces never having been exhibited until now, there are works spanning almost 60 years.   There’s nothing posed or forced in Leibling’s work, but rather the beauty comes in the spectacular honesty of his subjects. “My sympathies have always been with the everyday people; they are the center of my photography,” Liebling said.  Whether shooting on the streets of New York City or at a summer camp in Massachusetts, Leibling manages to capture the extraordinary in the ordinary wherever he points his camera.

Jerome Liebling: Matter of Life and Death. Steven Kasher…

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