Arthur Leipzig

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Arthur Leipzig (October 25, 1918 – December 5, 2014) was an American photographer who specialized in street photography and was known for his photographs of New York City.


Leipzig was born in Brooklyn. After sustaining a serious injury to his right hand while working at a glass wholesaler, Leipzig joined the Photo League where he studied photography, took part in Sid Grossman's Documentary Workshop, taught Advanced Technique classes for three years, and exhibited his work.[1] From 1942 until 1946 he was a staff photographer for PM. He also studied under Paul Strand before quitting the League to pursue a career as a freelance photojournalist.

In 1955 Leipzig's 1943 photograph King of the Hill, depicting two little boys challenging each other on a sand heap, was selected by Edward Steichen[2] for the world-touring exhibition The Family of Man at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, that was seen by 9 million visitors.[3]

Leipzig was a professor of art and the director of photography at the CW Post Campus of Long Island University from 1968–1991.[4]

Leipzig contributed his work to many publications including Fortune, Look, Parade, and Natural History, while continuing to pursue his independent projects.[4]

In 2004, he won the Lucie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Fine Art Photography.[1]

Leipzig died in Sea Cliff, New York on December 5, 2014, aged 96.[5]


Selected solo exhibitions[edit]

Selected group exhibitions[edit]

Permanent collections[edit]

Photographic books[edit]

  • Sarah’s Daughters: A Celebration of Jewish Women, published by Women’s American ORT, 1988
  • Growing up in New York; Boston: David R. Godine, 1995 (ISBN 1567920519)
  • On Assignment with Arthur Leipzig; Boston: Long Island University Press, 2005 (ISBN 0913252026; ISBN 978-0-913252-02-4)
  • Arthur Leipzig: Next Stop New York; Munich / New York: Prestel, 2008


  • 2004 Lucie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Fine Art Photography[4]


Klein, Mason and Evans, Catherine: "The Radical Camera: New York's Photo League, 1936-1951". Yale University Press, 2011

  1. ^ a b Arthur Leipzig bio at The Jewish Museum[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Sandeen, Eric J (1995), Picturing an exhibition : the family of man and 1950s America (1st ed.), University of New Mexico Press, ISBN 978-0-8263-1558-8
  3. ^ Steichen, Edward; Steichen, Edward, 1879-1973, (organizer.); Sandburg, Carl, 1878-1967, (writer of foreword.); Norman, Dorothy, 1905-1997, (writer of added text.); Lionni, Leo, 1910-1999, (book designer.); Mason, Jerry, (editor.); Stoller, Ezra, (photographer.); Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) (1955). The family of man : the photographic exhibition. Published for the Museum of Modern Art by Simon and Schuster in collaboration with the Maco Magazine Corporation.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  4. ^ a b c d e "Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery Presents On Assignment: Photographs by Arthur Leipzig", UMBC News, 24 March 2005. Accessed 6 January 2011.
  5. ^ Martin, Douglas (5 December 2014). "Arthur Leipzig, a Photographer Inspired by Everyday Life in New York, Dies at 96". New York Times. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Arthur Leipzig: Exhibitions", Accessed 6 January 2011.
  7. ^ "Arthur Leipzig: Next Stop New York - Fotografien Archived July 19, 2011, at the Wayback Machine", Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum, 2008. (in German) Accessed 6 January 2011.
  8. ^ a b c Auction page[permanent dead link], Photographic Resource Center, Boston University, 2007. Accessed 7 January 2011.