David Lebe, 1979 (negative); 1995 (print). Gelatin silver print. Image: 17 9/16 x 22 3/8 inches; Sheet: 19 5/16 x 23 7/8 inches. © David Lebe. Purchased with the Julius Bloch Memorial Fund created by Benjamin D. Bernstein and the Leo Model Foundation Curatorial Discretionary Fund, 2010. Image courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2019.
Early in his career, when Lebe lived in Philadelphia, he embraced elementary, low-tech ways of making photographs, experimenting with the use of pinhole cameras, camera-less photograms, and light drawings. The subjects of these engaging works included Lebe himself, his friends, his home and its objects, and the male figure.