Sol Libsohn

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Sol Libsohn (February 5, 1914 in Manhattan, New York – January 21, 2001 in Princeton, New Jersey) was a self-taught, documentary photographer.[1] After graduating from City College of New York, he joined the Film and Photo League where he earned his living documenting paintings. In 1936, he co-founded the Photo League with Sid Grossman.[2] Libsohn was an important teacher at the League as well as a member and leader of numerous production groups. In addition to freelance work for numerous magazines, he also was employed by Roy Stryker for the documentary project of Standard Oil Company of New Jersey (later Exxon), the Federal Art Project, and Princeton University, where he taught art and photography to disadvantaged youth in the Summer Program.[2] Libsohn was a personal acquaintance of Romana Javitz, head of The New York Public Library’s Picture Collection from 1929 to 1968, who sought out his work for the Library.

Libsohn died in Princeton, NJ.[3]

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