Born in New York City on April 16th 1924, Liebling was the son of Morris and Sarah (Goodman) Liebling. He was raised in Brooklyn the youngest of three boys. His brothers David and Stanley pre-deceased him. Liebling enlisted in the U.S. Army during WWII, served in the 82nd Airborne Division and saw combat in Europe and North Africa. As a result of his military experiences, Liebling became staunchly anti-war.
In 1949, Liebling established the film and photography program at the University of Minnesota. The same year, he married Phyllis Levine of Brooklyn, NY. They later divorced. In Minnesota he collaborated on several award winning documentary films with colleague Allen Downs. In 1969, Liebling founded the Film and Photography program of then new Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. He taught there for 20 years, inspiring a new generation of photographers and filmmakers.
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