Arthur Leipzig

Arthur Leipzig

2004 Honoree: Achievement in Fine Art


Heri Cartier-BressonArthur Leipzig’s photography career has spanned more than 50 years, starting in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York. After studying photography at the Photo League, he became a staff photographer for the newspaper PM, where he spent four years. He left PM in 1946, moving on to International News Photos, and later became a freelance photojournalist.

Leipzig has been a contributor to publications such as the Sunday New York Times, This Week, Fortune, Look, and Parade. His work photography consistently displays humanistic qualities, and is often described as sensitive, energizing, and compassionate.
Arthur Leipzig’s work is represented in many permanent collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC and the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris. Leipzig has been featured in several one-man and group exhibitions, notably “New Faces” and Edward Steichen’s landmark “Family of Man” at the Museum of Modern Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “photography as a Fine Art.”

His one-man exhibitions include “Arthur Leipzig: A World View,” at the Howard Greenberg Gallery; “Growing Up in New York,” at the Museum of the City of New York; “Jewish Life around the World; ” “Arthur Leipzig’s People;” and “Arthur Leipzig’s New York.” Leipzig’s photos have also been published in more than a dozen photo annuals in the United States and Europe.

Mr. Leipzig’s honors include the National Urban League Photography Award, several annual Art Directors Awards, and two Long Island University Trustees Awards for Scholarly Achievement.

Additionally, Leipzig has shared his talent and passion for photography by teaching at Long Island University for almost three decades, where is currently Professor Emeritus.