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19 June 2017

Joel-Peter Witkin

Joel-Peter Witkin (born September 13, 1939) is an American photographer who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His work often deals with such themes as death, corpses (and sometimes dismembered portions thereof), and various outsiders such as dwarves, transsexuals, intersex persons, and physically deformed people. Witkin's complex tableaux often recall religious episodes or classical paintings.

02 May 2017

Jo Whaley

With a background in painting and the scenic arts, Jo Whaley has infused her images with the illusionary world of the theater. Her detailed, color photography combines the sensuality of painting with the veracity of the camera, and creates elaborate photographic tableaux about the nature of the imagination.
Born in 1953, Whaley received her B.A., M.A. and M.F.A from the University of California at Berkeley. She was awarded a Visual Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as several Polaroid Corporation Artist's Grants and the San Francisco Foundation Phelan Award. Her work is in several major collections in this country and abroad, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Oakland Museum; and the Polaroid Corporate Art Collection. The Theater of Insects was most recently featured at the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego in 2009 and the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC in 2008. Her monograph of the same name was published Chronicle Books in 2008.

11 March 2017

Jerome Liebling

Jerome Liebling (April 16, 1924 Manhattan, New York – July 27, 2011 Northampton, Massachusetts) was an American photographer, filmmaker, and teacher.

Liebling left his studies at Brooklyn College in 1942 to serve in the armed forces in Europe and North Africa during World War II. After the war, he returned to Brooklyn College to study art and design under Walter Rosenblum and Ad Reinhardt. In 1947, he joined New York's famed Photo League where he studied with Paul Strand. For two years he taught classes, showed his work in group exhibitions and served as membership secretary on the League's executive committee. In 1948, he studied motion-picture production at New School for Social Research and worked as a documentary filmmaker.

While a professor of film and photography at the University of Minnesota, Liebling began a longtime collaborative relationship with filmmaker Allen Downs; together they produced several award-winning documentaries, including Pow Wow, The Tree Is Dead, and The Old Men.

Liebling received numerous awards and grants, including two Guggenheim Fellowships, a National Endowment for the Arts Photographic Survey Grant, and a fellowship from the Massachusetts Council on the Arts. His photographs are in the permanent collections of many museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Fogg Museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., The Jewish Museum in New York, and the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

Liebling was a professor emeritus of Hampshire College. He was the younger brother of David Liebling and Stan Liebling, and he is the father of five children, including Minnesota politician Tina Liebling and film director/producer Rachel Liebling.