the artist

David Lebe

David Lebe

New York, NY

David Lebe

My work is essentially a riff on my life.

Often much of my work is characterized as experimental photography. However, I feel like I have done very little experimenting in the past 50+ years but have simply sometimes chosen to work with photographic techniques that are not used all that much.

Fast Facts

Name: David Lebe

Place of Birth: New York, NY

No degree but from 1966 – 1970 I studied photography at the Philadelphia College of Art (PCA) which is now the University of the Arts (UArts)

Significant or special training:
1962 – 1966: High School of Music & Art (Harlem, NYC)

Notable or memorable instructors or mentors:
Barbara Blondeau, Ray K. Metzker, Thomas Porett

Particular field of study or class work:

Major influences/admired artists:

  • The streets of NYC (where I grew up)
  • Life magazine and advertising of the 1950s & 60s
  • The Family of Man Show at MOMA
  • The permanent collections on view in the 1960s at MOMA and the Met.
  • A special nod to Matisse, Miro & Picasso
  • Robert Frank, Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Lee Friedlander, Garry Winogrand, Barbara Bloudeau, Ray Metzker, Harry Callahan, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy


  • David Hockney, Tom Nowakowski, and many others

Favorite materials or media:

School or university affiliation (when Convention Center acquired artwork):
1972 – 1990, I taught Photography at the Philadelphia College of Art (PCA) which in 1985 became the University of the Arts

Gallery Representation (when Convention Center acquired artwork):
Paul Cava Fine Arts

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