Galena’s Old Market House exhibits Archie Lieberman’s work

Galena photographer has been published in Life and Time

Show coincides with Archie Lieberman’s 80th birthday; opening reception June 30

GALENA—Archie Lieberman has been making photos for more than 60 years, and the fruits of those many years of talent and creative efforts will be part of the “Celebrating Archie” exhibit at the Old Market House Historic Site from Saturday, July 1, through Sunday, July 23.

The world-renowned photographer and author turns 80 July 17, and his long, varied career captured images of both local and national interest.

An opening reception will honor Lieberman and his work at the Old Market House, 123 Commerce St., Galena, from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, June 30. A number of photos will also be on display at the new Elizabeth State Bank facility, 400 S. Main St., Galena.

Lieberman, born in Chicago, attended the Art Institute of Chicago and also the Chicago Institute of Design (now the Illinois Institute of Technology), where he studied with, among others, Alexander Archipenko, Buckminster Fuller, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and Aaron Siskind.

Over the years, Lieberman has worked as a general assignment photographer for advertisers, corporations and magazines, including Look, Life, Time, Fortune, Colliers, Holiday, London Illustrated, Paris-Match and more.

Lieberman has also written or made photos for more than 20 books, such as The Israelis (1966), Farm Boy (1974) and Neighbors (1993), for which he was both author and photographer. Others include Holy Holy Land: A Devotional Anthology (1969), The Mummies of Guanajuato (1978, story by Ray Bradbury), Chicago: A Celebration (1990, text by Robert Cromie) and The Story of Israel, by Meyer Levin. He also made the photos of Paul Tillich that appeared in The Future of Religions (1966).

Lieberman’s photos have also been shown in museums and galleries throughout the U.S. and Canada, including New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and many Chicago locations. And he’s won many prizes and awards, including five from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, the Friends of Literature Award (for Farm Boy), the Society of Professional Journalists Peter Lisagor Award (for Final Verdict), the Chicago Book Clinic Award and many others from photographic, typographic and graphic design professional associations. Lieberman was also awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Dubuque in September 1996, and has taught a popular course, “Powerful Ideas in Photography,” many times in recent years.

In Neighbors, Lieberman documented 40 years of farm life experienced by the residents of Schapville, Ill., hidden halfway between Scales Mound and Elizabeth. Lieberman’s love of the people and the land prompted his wife, Esther, and him to buy a Schapville farm in 1974, and the Liebermans made a permanent move there from Chicago in 1983. They now make their home on Prospect Street overlooking downtown Galena and the picturesque Galena River Valley.

The Old Market House Historic Site is open Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to noon, and then 1 to 4 p.m. The suggested donation is $2 for adults, $1 for children. Call 777-3536 for information about the exhibit.

From the June 14-20, 2006, issue

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