“I subordinate my art to reality, because reality comes first. It’s a question of priority.” Lionel Delevingne
Lionel Delevingne has traveled and photographed extensively throughout the world. In his work, he’s sought a conscious merging of politics and art. Born in France, he was deeply impacted by the social and political unrest that occurred in Paris in 1968. When he documented the 1971 May Day demonstrations in Washington, D.C., he saw how the power of a peaceful, but vocal citizenry could affect national policy, a lesson that would reverberate throughout his career. It was from this vantage point on the sociopolitical and cultural environment in the United States that he was enabled to “grasp the unique subtleties of American life”, wrote Fred McDarrah of the Village Voice.
Delevingne’s ‘outsider’ perspective allows him to see the conflicting patterns of liberty and authority, repression and hopefulness within the ‘American Dream’ experience. His oeuvre is fueled by humor and compassion for his subjects. It encompasses a range of themes from the struggles of the immigrant experience, to the destruction of Native American lands by the nuclear and coal mining industries, to the stark dreams and realities of American farmers.
Upon Delevingne’s relocation to the United States in 1975, he began a decades-long mission of chronicling the safe energy movement in which he captured the rise of anti-nuclear activism. He saw first hand the impact an engaged citizenry can have on national policy, and he witnessed the re-occurring devastation nuclear accidents have on people and their communities. His 2014 publication “To the Village Square: From Montague to Fukushima, 1975-2014” is a testament to his focus, his findings and his aim to celebrate citizens who stand up for their beliefs and make a difference.
Recently Delevingne has been exploring book projects that include Education and Educators as well as his own reflections to rural and urban surroundings.
Ken Johnson, an art critic of The New York Times noted that he is “One of the more articulate and politically committed of photojournalists. His is a witty eye as acutely attuned to instances of comedy and absurdity as to evidence of social inequity, malaise or hostility.”
Delevingne’s work has been widely praised and published regularly in many diverse publications in the US and abroad. His work has been exhibited in numerous solo exhibits throughout Europe and the United States and is included in various private and public collections. In addition, his portraiture humanized the face of many prestigious educational institutions, like Collegiate, St. Paul’s, Harvard, Hampshire, Andover, Steiner, WNEC School of Law among others.
Lionel Delevingne was born in France and currently currently resides in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, USA with his wife Judy and their yellow lab, Albert.
2014 “To the Village Square… Montague to Fukushima 1975- 2014”, Prospecta Press, ISBN 978-1-63226-004-8 HC
2011 “Drylands, A Rural American Saga”, Nebraska Press, ISBN #978-0-8032-3424-6 HC
1988 “Northampton, Reflections on Paradise”, Nouveau Monde Press/ MA, ISBN #88-090686 HC /SC
1988 “Franco-American Viewpoints”, Nouveau Monde Press Wistariahurst Museum MA, ISBN #88-60619 /SC
2017 “To the Village Square”, Northeastern University, MA
2012/2015 “To The Village Square: Montague to Fukushima 1975-2014”, UMass, Dubois Special Collections Gallery, Amherst, MA
2013 “Taking Power”, Eliott St. Cafe, Brattleboro, VT
2013 “Drylands, a Rural American Saga”, Elusie Gallery, Easthampton, MA
2008 “To the Village Square”, Over the Rainbow, Institute for Living Ethics, Nyack, NY
1999 “Northampton, Reflections on Paradise”, Northampton Center for the Arts, MA
1998 “Northampton, Reflections on Paradise“, Forbes Library, Northampton, MA
1992/1995 “Les Francos, Nos Cousins d’Amérique”, traveling solo-exhibition. Venues: FNAC Galleries – Montparnasse, Strasbourg, Saint Etienne, Bruxelles, Dijon, Orleans, Angers, Pau; Angers; World Francophone Summit in Strasbourg; ENS/Affaires Culturelles, Lyon, France
1993 “Ein Pariser in Amerika”, Institute Francais, Berlin, Germany
1990 “Lionel Delevingne – Photographs”, (retrospective), STCC Fine Arts Gallery, Springfield, MA
1989 “Northampton, Reflections on Paradise”, Northampton Center for the Arts, MA
1987 “Martha”, Northampton Center for the Arts, Northampton, MA
1984-1988 “Franco American Viewpoints”, traveling solo-exhibition, Smith College, Hillyer Gallery, Northampton, MA; Boston Public Library, MA; Massachusetts and New Hampshire State-wide Tour, Wistariahurst Museum, Holyoke, MA; Fishburn Gallery, Northfield Mount Hermon School, MA; Jack Kerouac Library, Quebec, Canada
1980-1987 “Glory, Glory: study of patriotism in the US,” traveling solo-exhibition. Venues: State University of New York, Fine Arts Center, Albany, NY; The Picture Group, Providence, RI; Camerawork, San Francisco, CA; French Library, Boston, MA; French Institute, NY; Columbia University, NY; Jones Library, Amherst, MA; FNAC International tour (Nice, Paris, Lille, and Grenoble, France, Brussels, Belgium)
1980 “The Anti-Nuclear Family”, Forbes Library, Amherst, MA
Selected Group Exhibitions
2015 “Activism”, Smith College, Northampton, MA
2009 “America: A Work In Progress”, Smith College, Northampton, MA
2006 “Novecento, la necessita della fotographia” Festival Internazionale di Roma, Rome, Italy
1990 “Northampton Postcards”, Smith College, Northampton, MA
1994 “The Franco Americans”, Université dʼAngers/Colloque international de la Francophonie, France
1980 “Nine Documentary Photographers”, Gallery East, Art Institute of Boston, MA; New England Art Institute, Brookline, MA
1977 “In the Blink of an Eye”, Leverett Craftsmen and Artists, Leverett, MA
Business Week, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Time, Die Zeit, Figaro Magazine, Le Sauvage, Boston Globe Magazine, Newsweek, Time, Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine, US News & World Report, In These Times, Yankee Magazine, Island Magazine, Caribbean Travel, Friends of The Earth/Not Man Apart, New Times, The Village Voice, Colliers Encyclopedia, Washington Post Magazine, New Age, East West Journal, Mother Jones, New York Times Travel, Irish Times Sunday Magazine, New England Monthly, Seven Days, Self Care, Nursing Life, Fresh Ink, Jerusalem Post, Newsweek, Buzz Worm, Police Magazine and many others.
Book Jacket cover art and Illustrations for:
Simon & Schuster; Macmillan; Colliers Encyclopedia, Funk and Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, Pantheon; Atlantic Little Brown; Random House; Prentice-Hall; Houghton-Mifflin; Oklahoma University Press; Addison Wesley; Island Press; University of California Press; Seven Stories Press; University of Oklahoma Press; and many others.
Principal Photographer for books/monographs:
Judith Souweine, Mainstreaming NAYEC; Anna Gyorgy, et. al., No Nukes, South End Press; Greg Speeter, Power: A repossession Manual; Robbie Gordon, We Interrupt this Program, CITP; Robert Neale, Origami St. Martin Press, National Freeze Campaign Brochure.
Reviews and Interviews
Link to Press Clips
The New York Times; Photo Magazine; Digraphe, Paris; Tag Spiegel, Berlin; Neus Deutschland, Berlin; Berliner Morgen Post, Berlin; Village Voice; Photo Revue; Boston Globe; Photo District News; Boston Phoenix; Albany Times Union; l’ Almanach de la Photo, Paris Fr; Springfield Daily News; The Journal of Photography in New England; Valley Advocate; Daily Hampshire Gazette; Seattle Times; Greenfield Recorder; Providence Sunday Journal Arts and Travel; Transcript Telegram; The French Review of Photography “Le Photographe”; The Daily News; Journal Francais d’Amerique; Berkshire Courrier; Berkshire Record; The Berkshire Edge; BoingBoing; Foreward Reviews; Gloucester Times; The Sound; JNE; Lenscratch; and WAMC Book Picks; The Spokesman Review Seattle,WA/among others.
Television and Radio Interviews:
WFCR, Amherst, MA; Channel 8 NH; Radio Blue, Nice, France; France Inter, Paris; WFUV, New York, NY; WAMC/NPR Albany; WGBY/PBS, Springfield; WHMP, Northampton; WMUA, Amherst; The Burt Cohen Show.
2016 “The Aftermath of Chernobyl and the Safe Energy Movement”, Anthropology Dept., Bennington College, VT
“To the Village Square”, slide presentation and discussion with Aileen Mioko Smith of Green Action, Impact Hub Kyoto, Japan
“Local Environmental Action Conference 2016: Arts and Activism”, panel discussion, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
2015 “To the Village Square: Montague to Fukushima”, Lecture and discussion, The Bookstore, Gloucester, MA
2015 “To the Village Square”, Lenox Library Distinguished Visitor Series, Lenox, MA
2015 Guilderland Public Library Photo Forum, Guilderland, NY
2014 “To the Village Square, Montague to Fukushima“, The Arts Block Cafe, Greenfield, MA
2014 Salmagundi Arts Gallery, New York, NY
2012 “To The Village Square: An Experiment in American Democracy”, lecture with Anna Gyorgy. Venues included: University of Massachusetts at Amherst, MA; Portsmouth Public Library, Portsmouth, NH.
2012 “Delevingne and the Anti-nuclear Movement”, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, MA, Dubois Special Collections
2012 “An Experiment in Democracy”, Lionel Delevingne with Anna Gyorgy, UMass, Amherst, MA
2005 Clamshell Alliance Annual Meeting, New Hampshire
1995 Lionel Delevingne, Photojournalist -American International College, Springfield, MA
1994 Université d’Angers/Colloque International de la Francophonie
1994 Hartsbrook Waldorf, Hadley, MA
1993 Currier Gallery of Arts, University Manchester, NH
1992 World Congress of French Studies (CIEF), Strasbourg, France
1983 “Ten French Photographers,” Paris Arles Festival, France
1988 “Le Mois de la Photo”- intro by J. Chambord – Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, France
1988 “French Contemporary Photography”,– intro by J. Chambord – New York University, NY
1980 Association of Picture Professionals Boston, Boston, MA
Additional lectures presented at: Hampshire College, Amherst, MA; Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, NH; Emma Willard School for Girls, Troy, NY
Grants / Awards
Art Direction Magazine Editorial Design Award for Cover Art ( Mother Jones)
Connecticut Art Directors Club
Ministère des Affaires Etrangères & Ministère de la Culture, France: various grants
CASE – (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education), Exceptional Achievement & Grand Award for Catalogue Improvement and Gold medals
Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy, “Franco-American Viewpoints” and “Rural Lives”, grants for travelling exhibits, catalogues and brochures
Excellence in Marketing & Publications, Western New England College, Springfield, MA
NEH / Pollard Memorial Library, Lowell, MA, “The Immigrant Experience”
UMASS Amherst, Dubois Library, Special Collections, MA
Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France
Musée Nicéphore Niépce, Chalon-sur-Saône, France
SUNY Arts Center, Albany, New York
Pollard Memorial Library, Lowell, MA
Smith College Art Museum, Northampton, MA
Forbes Library, Northampton, MA
and numerous private collections in the United States and Europe
National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), 2016
National Writers Union ( NWU), Boston, 2016
Delevingne and Associates, Founder and photographer, branding institutions including Philips Academy at Andover, St. Paul’s School, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Collegiate School, York Prep, and others, 1994-2014
National Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, MA, principal photographer, 1994 -1999
The Picture Group, Providence, RI, founding member 1980’s; Stock Boston, Member Boston, MA; 1980-90’s
Springfield Central, Inc., Principal Photographer. Springfield, MA, 1990’s
Medical Self Care, Staff photographer, 1985
Fresh Ink, Northampton MA, Photo Editor, Staff Photographer, 1980’s
Neighborhood Housing Services of America, Photographer, 1980’s
AFLCIO/National and AFSCME Local 93, Photographer, Boston, MA, 1980’s
Towards Tomorrow Fair, Staff Photographer, Amherst, MA, 1976-1978
Pathé, Paris, France, Color Printer, 1974
Technicolor Labs, Springfield MA- Color Printer, 1973
Becker Audio Visuals of Zurich, Switzerland, Technical consultant, Location Scout, 1972
Northeast Features Syndication, Amherst MA, 1970’s – co -founder – Photographer
Amherst Valley Advocate, free lance writer and Staff Photographer, 1975-1979