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 Arrivals, Magnum'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.
AUTHOR: Drive-ins, Trolley Press, London, 2004 Marseille, Damiani, 2015 Water for Tears, Damiani, 2018 COLLECTIONS: 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.
RECENT ONE WOMAN EXHIBITS (Selects) 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
GRANTS 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 BOOKS EDITED (Selects)
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
TEACHING: In addition to directing the ICP documentary program, I have taught many workshops throughout the United States, Mexico, France, Italy and Turkey.