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b. 1934, USA

Lee Friedlander Biography

Lee Friedlander, born in 1934, began photographing the American social landscape in 1948. With an ability to organize a vast amount of visual information in dynamic compositions, Friedlander has made humorous and poignant images among the chaos of city life, dense natural landscape, and countless other subjects. Friedlander is also recognised for a group of self-portraits he began in the 1960s, reproduced in Self Portrait, an exploration that he turned to again in the late 1990s, and published in a monograph by Fraenkel Gallery in 2000.

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Included among the many monographs designed and published by Friedlander himself are Sticks and Stones, Lee Friedlander: Photographs, Letters From the People, Apples and Olives, Cherry Blossom Time in Japan, Family, and At Work. Starting in 2017, the artist and Yale University Press released an ambitious six-book suite collectively titled The Human Clay – a sweeping collection street and environmental portraits culled and edited by Friedlander from his extensive archive, many not previously published.

Friedlander's work was included in the highly influential 1967 New Documents exhibition, curated by John Szarkowski at the Museum of Modern Art. In 2005, Friedlander was the recipient of the prestigious Hasselblad Award as well as the subject of a major traveling retrospective and catalog organized by the Museum of Modern Art. In 2010, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York exhibited the entirety of his body of work, America by Car. In 2017, Yale University Art Gallery exhibited and published the some of his earliest work, 1957 photographs of participants of the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom in Washington, D.C. His work is held by major collections including Art Institute of Chicago;, George Eastman Museum; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Museum of Modern Art; The National Gallery of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art, among many others.

Text courtesy Fraenkel Gallery.

Lee Friedlander Featured Artworks

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Dallas by Lee Friedlander contemporary artwork photography
Lee FriedlanderDallas, 1975Gelatin silver print
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Ray Charles by Lee Friedlander contemporary artwork painting
Lee FriedlanderRay Charles, 1959Iris print on rag paper
50.8 x 33.7 cm
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New City, New York by Lee Friedlander contemporary artwork photography
Lee FriedlanderNew City, New York, 1988/2019Gelatin silver print
46.4 x 30.8 cm
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Aretha Franklin by Lee Friedlander contemporary artwork photography
Lee FriedlanderAretha Franklin, 1968Iris print on rag paper
50.2 x 50.8 cm
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Phoenix, Arizona by Lee Friedlander contemporary artwork photography
Lee FriedlanderPhoenix, Arizona, 1998/2015Gelatin silver print
37.8 x 37.3 cm
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Colorado by Lee Friedlander contemporary artwork photography
Lee FriedlanderColorado, 1967/2000Gelatin silver print
31.2 x 46.7 cm
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Lake Park, Milwaukee by Lee Friedlander contemporary artwork photography
Lee FriedlanderLake Park, Milwaukee, 1992/2013Gelatin silver print
37.8 x 37.5 cm
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Montana by Lee Friedlander contemporary artwork photography
Lee FriedlanderMontana, 2008Gelatin silver print
50.8 x 40.6 cm
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Lee Friedlander Recent Exhibitions

Lee Friedlander Represented By

Fraenkel Gallery contemporary art gallery in San Francisco, USA Fraenkel Gallery San Francisco

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