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July 28, 2011

Political Landscape: Jerome Liebling’s Minnesota Capitol Photographs, 1956 – 1969

Filed under: Podcasts and Slideshows — Lori Williamson @ 10:45 am

Jerome Liebling began his career as a photographer in New York in the 1940s. In 1949, his move to Minnesota shifted his work to a more rural landscape. His art, however, maintained its focus on people and the spaces that they occupy. During the late 1950s, a time when Minnesota was becoming nationally known for its politics, Liebling began photographing Minnesotan politicians. Recently, Jerome Liebling donated to the Minnesota Historical Society nearly 200 black and white photographs of these images, the majority of which are documenting activities of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. During his years in Minnesota, he trained countless artist photographers in the Fine Arts department at the University of Minnesota. In this way, as did the politicians in his photographs, Jerome Liebling has left his own legacy in our state.  He passed away on July 27, 2011.

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3 Responses to “Political Landscape: Jerome Liebling’s Minnesota Capitol Photographs, 1956 – 1969”

  1. Ray Says:

    His work reminds me of one of the old masters of photography, most certainly a talented photographer.

  2. Laura Says:

    Great photographs. He was a talented photographer and his work will be admired for many years.

  3. Jason Says:

    In my opinion, Mr. Liebling has never quite gotten the accolades he so richly deserved. These gorgeous photos are a testament to his wonderful skill with a camera. They truly show the beauty of the Capitol. Thanks for sharing them.

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