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Artist
Joan Liftin
Title
Judy, Mt. Sterling, Kentucky
Date
c. 1982
Medium
color Cibachrome print on paper
Dimensions
Image: 12 7/8 × 18 3/8 inches (32.7 × 46.7 cm)
Tags
Photography
Credit Line
Gift of Helen Levitt.
Accession Number
1999.11.3
Joan Liftin worked on a series of the traditional American experience—the drive-in movie theater—for over 20 years, and ultimately publishing them in a book titled Drive-Ins in 2004. Liftin’s photographs directly comment on and relate to a nostalgia for American car culture associated with the mostly suburban and rural America, which had its heyday during the 1950s and 60s.

Joan Liftin has a fruitful career as a photographer and photo editor. She directed the International Center of Photography’s Documentary and journalism education program for twelve years and was a staff photographer and photo editor for UNICEF.