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Photographer and teacher Marcia Lippman’s (b. 1944, New York) painterly photographs explore the passage of time and the ephemeral nature of memory. Influenced by the writings of Walter Benjamin, Rilke, and Barthes, among others, Lippman works with both traditional darkroom processes and contemporary digital techniques, and sees the photographs from her most recent series, Constellations (2014-2016), as a point of entry into painting and sculpture.

Writer and critic Lyle Rexer wrote in Photograph of Lippman’s exhibition at KMR Arts in 2013, “Clearly the preoccupation here was the classic one of reminiscence, of memory as a complex of impressions and associations, but constantly revised, never static. Lippman’s “museum” was as dynamic and open-ended as deck of tarot cards –ideal for plumbing the soul and reading the future.”

Marcia Lippman’s work has been the subject of two monographs: Sacred Encounters East and West (Edition Stemmle, 2000), which includes twenty years of photographs from Asia and Western Europe; and West Point (Edition Stemmle, 2001), photographs created during a year in residence at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, published for West Point’s bicentennial with an introduction by James Salter. Lippman has been the recipient of two grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and currently teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her work can be found in the collections of public and private institutions worldwide, and has been exhibited regularly throughout the United States since 1985.

Marcia Lippman lives and works in New York.

Selected Exhibitions

2019 The Past is Prologue: Vernacular Photography, Pop Photographica and the Road to Selfie Culture, ArtYard Gallery, NJ

2013  That Which Is, KMR Arts, Washington Depot, CT

2010  Journey By Moonlight, KMR Arts, Washington Depot, CT

2003  Moments of Grace, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY

2001  Sacred Encounters, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY

1998  Women Travelers, Staley-Wise Gallery, New York, NY

1998  Eye of the Beholder: The Avon Collection, International Center of Photography, New York, NY

1995  The Face of Buddhism, Staley-Wise Gallery, New York, NY

Selected collections

The Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY

The Howard Stein Collection

The International Center of Photography, New York, NY

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX