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To borrow from Lou Gehrig, I consider myself the luckiest guy on the face of the earth for having been born and raised in Brooklyn. I didn't know it at the time, but I sure do now. "Brooklyn Memories" shares this experience in stories about Brooklyn in the 1950s; and in photographs taken in 2009 on a visit to see family for the first time in forty years. My cousin David graciously took me to old haunts all over Brooklyn. Our trips are captured in thirty-five vibrant and gritty photographs of iconic Brooklyn landmarks and neighborhoods. The photographs are accompanied by humorous and irreverent stories of every day life, personal triumphs, and failures that were typical of the time and place. "Brooklyn Memories" will interest many New York (and east coast) expatriates; and those who have read Brooklyn lore, but never visited the borough. Many of the subjects photographed have been seriously harmed by Hurricane Sandy. Some are completely gone, and may be "memories" forever.

Irv Lefberg, December 2012

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Irv Lefberg
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Irv Lefberg was born and raised in Brooklyn in the 1950s. He has been doing wildlife and landscape photography for over thirty years. Irv has had over 60 photographs exhibited at Photographic Society of America competitions, winning a medal for “originality,” and other awards. After obtaining a Ph.D at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Irv moved to Seattle, where he taught at the University of Washington. He later served as senior economist, forecaster, and policy analyst for five Washington State Governors. Since relocating from Seattle to Escondido in 2010, Irv has exhibited at the Escondido Municipal Arts Gallery, the San Diego County Fair, Gallery 21 in Balboa Park, Calumet Photographic Gallery, and the Gotthelf Gallery in LaJolla. During 2013, his Brooklyn landscapes and bird photography were featured in two solo exhibitions. His "Jeremiah Frog" was accepted in an international "Best of Nature" competition and shown at the San Diego Natural History in 2014.

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