Friedlander, Lee

Friedlander, Lee

(frēd`lăndər), 1934–, American photographer, b. Aberdeen, Wash. Influenced by Walker EvansEvans, Walker,
1903–75, American photographer, b. St. Louis. Evans began his photographic career in 1928. His studies of Victorian architecture and his photographs of the rural South during the Great Depression, made for the Farm Security Administration, are among his
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 and Robert FrankFrank, Robert,
1924–2019, Swiss-American photographer and filmmaker, b. Zürich. He immigrated to the United States in 1947 and became a citizen in 1963. One of the 20th century's most influential photographers, Frank pioneered the "snapshot aesthetic," in which the
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, Friedlander is known for dense and often visually witty black-and-white streetscape views of the American scene. Characteristically filled with shadows or reflections, they frequently reveal the alienation and complexity of modern life. Later series of photographs, which have been published in a number of volumes, have explored letters and numbers, monuments, the landscape, self-portraits, the female nude, and such contemporary workers as telemarketers. Recent work also emphasizes seemingly casual shots of his family and friends. In 2001 a large collection of his prints were purchased by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Bibliography

See his Lee Friedlander: Self Portrait (1970, rev. ed. 2005); study by P. Galassi (2005).

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Friedlander, Lee

(1934–  ) photographer; born in Aberdeen, Wash. An East Coast free-lance commercial photographer and teacher, he used snapshot style photographs to capture surrealistic qualities in everyday life in the 1960s and 1970s.
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