18Arthur Leipzig

Photographer’s Forum, November 1993

Arthur Leipzig (b. 1918) is a photographer who brings together sensitivity, concern for humanity, and high standards for the craft of photography. His pictures of people are remarkably telling—they reflect his own decency and respect for those he photographs. He shoots straight, direct, but never forced. The results are classic, finely crafted pictures that have a story to tell. He says his photography is his visceral response to the world.

He began his career at the Photo League in New York City in 1942. The League was made up of amateur and professional photographers, most of whom were concerned with documenting America during that time. Leipzig studied with Sid Grossman, and later took a ...

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