Presence is a thrilling immersion into the personal collection of photographer and humanitarian Judy Glickman Lauder. Nearly 160 images by some eighty photographers, selected from Judy Glickman Lauder’s collection of over 650 prints, explore the idea of the “presence” of the human spirit.
Presence creates a dialogue among an incredible array of photographs by some of the most beloved and influential practitioners of the 20th century, including Berenice Abbott, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Danny Lyon, Sally Mann, Gordon Parks, and James Van Der Zee. It also includes photographs by critical contributors to the medium’s history, such as Irving Bennett Ellis, Graciela Iturbide, Lotte Jacobi, Alma Lavenson, and Glickman Lauder, the collector herself.
Spanning Pictorialism, portraiture, and fashion, to documentary and photojournalism and featuring iconic figures from the fields of art, politics, entertainment, and social justice, Presence: The Photography Collection of Judy Glickman Lauder celebrates photography’s ability to capture the human experience.
Essays by Anjuli Lebowitz and Adam D. Weinberg provide historical and artistic context, while an autobiographical essay by Glickman Lauder tells the story of her collection.
This book accompanies an exhibition drawn from the Judy Glickman Lauder Collection at the Portland Museum of Art, on view through January 15, 2023, to which the Collection has been gifted. Published by Aperture in partnership with the Portland Museum of Art.
About Judy Glickman Lauder
Judy Glickman Lauder is internationally known as an acclaimed photographer, collector, humanitarian, advocate, philanthropist, and community builder. Her life’s work, whether through her art, her generosity, or her collecting, is defined by a deep appreciation for life and all its intricacies. This fascination with humanity, and the nuances and complexities therein, encompasses all her creative and spiritual endeavors and has led her across the world in the pursuit of connecting people to one another.
Glickman Lauder has made indelible contributions to the field of photography in Maine and beyond. As a trustee of the Portland Museum of Art, Glickman Lauder’s transformative capacity has been on full display for decades, supporting the museum’s exhibitions, collections, galleries, mission, and more. Over the years, her collection has enabled countless presentations, exhibitions, and unforgettable moments at the museum. Her guidance and wealth of knowledge have supported the PMA’s photographic program and enabled the museum to develop a contemporary and photographic audience.
As an artist, Glickman Lauder’s photographs have been exhibited worldwide and are represented in over 300 public and private collections, including the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the United States Holocaust Museum. Numerous books of her work have been published, most recently Beyond the Shadows: The Holocaust and the Danish Exception which was published by The Aperture Foundation on the 75th anniversary of the remarkable rescue of the Danish Jews during the Nazi occupation in 1943. The publication features Glickman Lauder’s photographs over a 30-year span documenting concentration camps and portraits of both survivors of the rescue and the brave men and women who risked their own lives to help deliver the Jews in danger east to Sweden.
Judy Glickman Lauder was born in 1938 and raised in Piedmont, California, before moving to Los Angeles as a teenager. She later attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she met and eventually married Albert B. Glickman.
Over the next fifty-four years, the couple developed a national reputation as committed philanthropists and, for Judy, an additional reputation as an advocate and champion for the photographic arts. Her involvement with fellow photographers at the Maine Photographic Workshops was a major turning point in her relationship with photography and the camera and would set her off on a new path exploring the medium’s unique qualities and characteristics. Albert Glickman passed away in 2013, and in 2015 Judy married her family friend and fellow art enthusiast and collector Leonard A. Lauder. Together, they have continued to build on Judy Glickman Lauder’s legacy of humanitarianism through the arts, supporting the Portland Museum of Art as well as a wide variety of arts and cultural organizations, and receiving the Gordon Parks Patron of the Arts Award in 2016.