David Lebe

We are at Stonewall 50: a stand-in for the memory of a long and never-ending struggle to expand human freedom:

the reach of our love,

of our recognition, even re-cognition,  our mutual responsibilities, care, memory, gratitude. The manner of our prayer.

The manifold possibilities of human futures. 

 

 

 

 

David Lebe, American born 1948, is a photographer. 

Some photos from an exhibition at the Philadelphia Art Museum – Long Light – in 2019.

  

The artist’s  low-tech techniques have included pinhole pictures (camera but no lens, cameras with multiple apertures allowing the capture of sequential scenes)

photograms (using no camera)

light drawings (using a camera with long exposures in which the artist moves a hand-held light)

painting prints with watercolour

and, recently, digital photography. 

 

 

The artist was diagnosed with AIDS in 1988.  He began to focus on the disease in a wide way.  The result is six series of photographs.

One of these is Jack’s Garden.  Another is Morning Ritual.

Both are for love of his lover,  Jack Potter, a horticulturalist who almost died of AIDS in 1996.  Both continue to live and work.

 

 

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Morning Ritual #98, 1994 negative, 1996 print; gelatin silver print.  Philadelphia Museum of Art

 

These are photos of photos and there are inevitably shadows, reflections from those within the galleries, and light distortions.

 

 

 

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Unphotograph 7:  Self-Portrait in Toaster, January 4, 1975 negative, around 1975 print; hand-coloured gelatin print.  Philadelphia Museum of Art

 

 

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Unphotograph One – Edith, February 10th, 1974; 1974 negative, c. 1975 print; hand-coloured gelatin print.  Philadelphia Art Musem. 

The Philadelphia artist Edith Neff, 1943-1995, American, in front of a painting she was preparing in her studio.

 

 

 

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Susan on Shelf, 1974 negatives, 1975 prints and objects; hand-coloured gelatin silver prints, Plexiglas, painted wood.  Philadelphia Museum of Art

 

 

 

 

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Hazy Day Beach; Beach Haven, 1975 colour transparency, and detail, 2016 print.  David Lebe , Philadelphia Art Museum

 

 

 

 

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Garden Series  #3, 1975, hand-coloured gelatin silver print.  Philadelphia Art Museum

 

 

 

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Specimen 16, 1979, photogram Photo from the net.

 

 

 

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Barry in Rocker, 1979, gelatin silver print and detail.  Philadelphia Art Museum

Barry Kohn, 1943-87, Philadelphia lawyer and activist,  friend and lover of the artist and among the first of his circle to die of AIDS

 

 

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Self-portrait, 1981 negative, 1985 print.  Philadelphia Art Museum

 

 

 

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Boy Dream, 1981 negative, 1989 print; gelatin silver print.  Philadelphia Art Museum

 

 

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Specimen # 18, 1980; hand-coloured gelatin silver print.  Philadelphia Museum of Art

 

 

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Provincetown, 1980 negative, 1983 print; gelatin silver print. Philadelphia Museum of Art

 

 

 

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Specimen (unnumbered), 1981, gelatin silver print.  Philadelphia Art Museum

 

 

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Tulips Outlined in Red Light (Sketch), 1982 negative, 1985 print; hand-coloured gelatin silver print.  Philadelphia Art Museum

 

 

 

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Self-Portrait with Orchid, 1982, hand-coloured gelatin silver print.  Philadelphia Art Museum

 

 

 

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Roots, 1982 negative, 1985 print; hand-coloured gelatin print.  Philadelphia Art Museum

 

 

 

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Seth, 1985 negative, 1986 print; hand-coloured gelatin silver print.  Philadelphia Art Museum

 

 

 

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In Fact We Laugh with the Idea of Death, 1986, gelatin silver print. Philadelphia Art Museum

 

 

 

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Detail of In Fact We Laugh at the Idea of Death #3, 1986 negative, 1987 print; hand-coloured gelatin silver print.  Image from the web. Philadelphia Art Museum

 

 

 

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Food for Thought: Organic Squash with Hands, 1992 negative, 1994 print, gelatin silver print.  Philadelphia Art Museum

 

 

 

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Scott, 1995 negative, 1997 print, gelatin silver print.  Philadelphia Art Museum

 

 

 

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Jack’s Garden:  Coreopsis Glowing Star; 1996 negative, 1997 print; gelatin silver print

 

 

 

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Jack’s Garden:  Clematis Tangutica, 1997; gelatin silver print.  Philadelphia Museum of Art

 

 

 

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On May Hill:  Campion Sundown, 2005 negative, 2015 print.  Philadelphia Art Museum

 

 

 

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On May Hill: Mullein Scribble, 2007 image file, 2015 print; pigment print.  Philadelphia Art Museum

 

 

 

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ShadowLife 016, April 4, 2013 image file, 2018 print; pigment print.  Philadelphia Art Museum

 

 

 

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ShadowLife 070, 2014 digital file, 2018 print.  Pigment print.  Loaned by the artist to the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2019

 

 

 

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ShadowLife 192, pigment print, 2018.  Loaned by the artist to the Philadelphia Art Museum in 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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