Joan Liftin has worked as a photographer, editor and educator for 45 years. She is the author of three monographs: DRIVE-INS (2004, Trolley Press), MARSEILLE, (Damiani, 2015) and WATER FOR TEARS (2018, Damiani).
Her work is in the collections of many museums, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Princeton University, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Addison Gallery of American Art. In 2017, her archive of prints and negatives was acquired by the Center of Creative Photography in Tucson.
She has edited 15 photography books, including Mary Ellen Mark's FALKLAND ROAD, Charles Harbutt's DEPARTURES AND ARRIVALS, and MAGNUM'S PARIS, with Inge Morath.
Her positions have included Chair of the International Center of Photography’s education documentary program(12 years), Director of Magnum Photo's library, photo editor of UNICEF, and founding partner of Archive Pictures. She has taught many workshops in recent years in the United States, Mexico, France, Italy and Turkey.