Joan Liftin

(Teaneck, New Jersey, 1935 - )



Chromogenic print

12 1/2 x 18 1/2 in. (31.8 x 47.0 cm)

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Gift of Helen Levitt


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Joan Liftin is an accomplished photographer and photo editor. The artist’s first photograph for her book Drive-Ins, which was published in 2004, Ohio documents a family gathering Lifton encountered on a trip she made to Columbus to visit a college roommate. The artist notes that she was “was turned on by the very laid back and easy scene at the drive-in, which was new to me because I was an urban kid and had never gone to one. From then on, until the book was published, I began to seek them out whenever I was alone in a town out in a rural area of the country. I liked the people, the atmosphere, and the constant verbal criticism hurled at the screen by the patrons.”

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