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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