Leo Rubinfien

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Leo Rubinfien (born 1953) is an American photographer and essayist who lives and works in New York City. Rubinfien first came to prominence as part of the circle of artist-photographers who investigated new color techniques and materials in the 1970s.

Among his principal bodies of photography are A Map of The East (1992), which explores the character and idiosyncrasies of Japan, China and Southeast Asia; and Wounded Cities (2008), which explores the "mental wounds" that were left by the terror attacks in New York City in 2001, and other attacks in cities around the world.[1] He has had a solo exhibition at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. He has also curated exhibitions.

Rubinfien is also a writer, who has published essays on major photographers of the 20th century. He contributed a memoir, Colors of Daylight to Starburst: Color Photography in America, 1970-1980 (2010). He is co-author of Shomei Tomatsu / Skin of the Nation (2004) and editor of Garry Winogrand (2013).

He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and his work is held in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.


Books of photographs by Rubinfien[edit]

  • A Map of the East. Boston: D.R. Godine, 1992 Thames & Hudson, Toshi Shuppan. ISBN 0879239433.
  • 10 Takeoffs 5 Landings. Robert Mann Gallery, 1994. ASIN B0006PBJ0Y.
  • Wounded Cities. Göttingen, Germany: Steidl, 2008. ISBN 978-3-86521-676-2. Photographs and a personal and historical essay by Rubinfien in Wounded Cities, which recounts the attacks of September 11th, 2001 and the years that followed.[2]
  • The Ardbeg. Tokyo: Taka Ishii Gallery and Kurenboh, 2010. With an essay by Rubinfien. Edition of 1000 copies. Japanese and English text. 15 pages.
  • Paths through the Global City. Stanford, CA: Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford University, 2011.
  • Kizu Tsuita no Machi = "Wounded Cities". Tokyo: National Museum of Modern Art, 2011.
  • New Turns in Old Roads. Tokyo: Taka Ishii Gallery, 2014.

Publications edited by Rubinfien[edit]

Publications with contributions by Rubinfien[edit]




Solo exhibitions[edit]

Curated exhibitions[edit]


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  11. ^ O'Hagan, Sean (15 October 2014). "Garry Winogrand: the restless genius who gave street photography attitude". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-11-03 – via www.theguardian.com.