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May Day, New York

Jerome Liebling (American, 1924-2011)

May Day, New York, 1948

  • Gelatin silver print
  • 7 5/8 x 7 15/16 in. (19.4 x 20.2 cm)
  • The Jewish Museum, New York
  • Purchase: Esther Leah Ritz Bequest, 2008-91
  • Digital image © 2010 The Jewish Museum, New York Photo by Ardon Bar Hama

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May Day, New York

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May Day, New York

Discuss:

  • How does Liebling crop his image in May Day, New York? What does he leave out of the frame? Compare this with the way Hine frames his image for Steamfitter. Why might each photographer have chosen to crop his image in such a manner? How might each image have a different impact if more of the scene or setting had been included?

  • Describe what is going on in Liebling’s image.

  • Hine’s and Liebling’s images feature men at work, but without knowing the title of the Liebling image and the significance of May Day, the viewer might not realize that the two men seen from behind are most likely workers. How does knowing the title of Liebling’s photograph influence your response?