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Joan Liftin has worked as a photographer, photo book editor, and teacher for many years. She is the author of three photo books Drive-Ins (2004), Marseille (2015) and Water For Tears (2018). Liftin was Chair of the Documentary Program at the International Center of Photography (from l988 to 2000) and the Director of Magnum Photos library. Liftin has edited many books, including Mary Ellen Mark's Falkland Road, Charles Harbutt's Departures and ArrivalsMagnum's Paris (with Inge Morath) and Andrea Stern's Inheritance and Dog Days. In 2017, her archive was acquired by the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona.

Drive-ins, Trolley Press, London, 2004
Marseille, Damiani, 2015
Water for Tears, Damiani, 2018
 In 2017, The Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona acquiared Joan Liftin's archives including prints and negatives.
Additional collections: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Princeton University Museum, Addison Gallery of American Art, Center for Creative Photography, Tucson (47 photos), Telfair Museum, Savannah, Cleveland Museum of Art,  Akron Museum, amongt others.

2018   Oaxaca, Mexico, Manuel Alvarez Bravo Center
2015   Rome, Italy, 

2014   Oaxaca, Mexico, Manuel Alvarez Bravo Center
2007   OK Harris, Soho, New York
2006   Princeton University, New Jersey
2005   Arc Light Theater, Hollywood
2005   Westwork Gallery, Hamburg, Germany

Peter S. Reed Foundation for photographs on Marseille, 2009
Artist-in-Residence, 2005, City of Hamburg
Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, 2003, Obesity among American Children
Pew Foundation Grant, 2000,  Ten American Photographers  on volunteerism
Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, 1999, Hospices in the American South                                
Artist-in-Residence, 1988, Rochester Institute of Technology
CAPS Grant, New York Council of the Arts, 1988

Dog Days by Andrea Stern, 2017
Departures and Arrivals by Charles Harbutt, 2012, Damiani, Italy
Inheritance by  Andrea Stern, Montacelli Press,  2007
Melting Point by Jeff Jacobson, Nazraeli Press, 2006. (with Sylvia Plachy)
Sympathetic Explorations by Andre Kertesz and Charles Harbutt                                 
My Family & Other Strangers by Naomi Savage, 2004
Progreso by Charles Harbutt, Actuality, 1986
Magnum’s Paris by Magnum (with Inge Morath)
Falkland Road by Mary Ellen Mark, Knopf, New York, 1981

In addition to directing the ICP documentary program,  I have taught many workshops throughout the United States, Mexico, France, Italy and Turkey.