Arthur Lavine’s First Solo Exhibit Shows Off Seven-Decade Career

Photographer Arthur Lavine, who began working with Black Star more than 50 years ago in a seven-decade career, is being celebrated with a retrospective at San Diego’s Museum of Photographic Arts through September 2. You can view some of Lavine’s work here.

Lavine, 84, was recently interviewed by the San Diego Jewish Journal about his first solo exhibit. An excerpt from the profile by Joel D. Amos:

In 1948 he landed in New York City ready to flex his artistic muscle. “I met many magazine editors and quickly started to get assignments,” Lavine said. He moved into his first apartment at Third Avenue and 53rd Street. “My mother thought it was a slum.”…

Hired by the photo agency Black Star Publishing as a freelancer, some of his assignments would end up in his MoPA exhibit. “The photo of people in the subway, that was done for Black Star,” he said.

He enjoyed the freedom of being out shooting pictures as his own boss and the access to a vast array of subjects. “I’ve always connected with the people,” Lavine said. “That was in some ways, the best part.”

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2 Responses to “Arthur Lavine’s First Solo Exhibit Shows Off Seven-Decade Career”

  1. This may not be the appropriate way to do this. I worked with Art during his years at Chase Manhattan Bank in NYC. He is a wonderful person to work with and be with. I think of him on numerous occassions and enjoyed his photography. I just wanted to find a way to say hello. Not sure if this will get to him. Art, I believe took extensive photos of Downtown Manhattan before and during the time of the World Trade Center as well as great photographs of Downtown Manhattan from the 60th Floor of Chase Manhattan Bank. Hello Art, Keep it going.
    Bill Craig

  2. Dear Bill,
    Delighted to hear from you. I'm still occasionally
    exhibiting in San Diego. I do have a website and
    can be reached at [email protected].
    Arthur Lavine

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