Colin Westerbeck

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Colin Westerbeck is a curator, writer, and teacher of the history of photography.

Before moving to Los Angeles, where he has taught at UCLA and USC, he was curator of photography at the Art Institute of Chicago. He is a regular contributor to publications such as the Los Angeles Times and West Magazine.[1][2][3]


Westerbeck has received the Reva and David Logan Prize for New Writing on Photography, and an Art Critic's Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has also received a grant, along with Joel Meyerowitz, from the National Endowment for the Humanities for research on the history of street photography. In 2000, Westerbeck won the J. Dudley Johnston Award for the writing of photographic criticism and history, from the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain.[4]


  • Westerbeck, Colin (2007). Irving Penn: A Career in Photography. Chicago, Ill: Art Institute of Chicago. pp. 192 pages. ISBN 0-300-12236-5. 
  • Wagner, Bruce; Breisch, Kenneth A.; Keller, Judith; Westerbeck, Colin (2006). Where We Live: Photographs of America from the Berman Collection. Los Angeles: Getty Trust Publications: J. Paul Getty Museum. pp. 192 pages. ISBN 0-89236-854-3. 
  • Westerbeck, Colin (2005). Joel Meyerowitz. London: Phaidon Press. pp. 128 pages. ISBN 978-0-7148-4509-8. 
  • Westerbeck, Colin; Schaffner, Ingrid (2005). Accommodations of Desire. Los Angeles: Curatorial Assistance, Inc. pp. 128 pages. ISBN 0-9707913-2-1. 
  • Westerbeck, Colin; Bey, Dawoud; James Vanderzee; Van Der Zee, James; (Editor) (2004). The James Van Der Zee studio. Chicago, Ill: Art Institute of Chicago. pp. 36 pages. ISBN 0-86559-210-1. 
  • Westerbeck, Colin; Meyerowitz, Joel (2001). Bystander: a history of street photography: with a new afterword on street photography since the 1970s. Boston: Bulfinch Press. pp. 440 pages. ISBN 0-8212-2726-2.  [5]
  • Renaissance jewelry in the Alsdorf Collection. Chicago, Ill: Art Institute of Chicago. 2000. pp. 136 pages. ISBN 0-86559-153-9. 
  • Rossen, Susan F.; Colin L. Westerbeck (Author), Art Institute Of Chicago (Author) (1999). African Americans in art: selections from the Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, Ill: The Art Institute of Chicago in association with University of Washington Press. pp. 136 pages. ISBN 0-295-97833-3. 
  • Art Institute of Chicago; Ishimoto, Yasuhiro; Isozaki, Arata; Westerbeck, Colin; Fuminori Yokoe. Yasuhiro Ishimoto: A Tale of Two Cities. Chicago, Ill: Art Institute of Chicago. ISBN 0-86559-170-9. 
  • Westerbeck, Colin (1992). What's New, Prague. Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago. pp. 33 pages. ISBN 0-86559-114-8. 


  1. ^ Los Angeles Times (2006-01-12). "Los Angeles Times to Launch 'West' Magazine Feb. 5". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 29, 2007. 
  2. ^ Hachette Book Group (2007). "Colin Westerbeck biography". Hachette Book Group USA. Retrieved September 29, 2007. 
  3. ^ Westerbeck, Colin (1997). "Chicago Art Institute pays $185,000 for Douglass portrait.(portrait of Frederick Douglass)". Ebony magazine. Retrieved September 29, 2007. 
  4. ^ "J Dudley Johnston Award". The Royal Photographic Society. Retrieved 2010-12-12. 
  5. ^ William Meyers (2007). "Arts & Letters - Winogrand's Scenes From the Street:Photography". The New York Sun. Retrieved September 29, 2007. 

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