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Lee FRIEDLANDER

United States of America born 1934

Albuquerque, New Mexico 1972 Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph

Dimensions: printed image 18.8 h x 28.4 w cm sheet 27.8 h x 35.3 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1980
Accession No: NGA 80.630
Image rights: © Lee Friedlander, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

I always wanted to be a photographer ... But I never dreamed I would be having this much fun. I imagined something much less elusive, much more mundane.  Lee Friedlander

Inspired by Robert Frank and Garry Winogrand, Friedlander made use of the compact Leica 35mm camera for his hastily grabbed, ironic studies of the city. A typical Friedlander ‘street’ technique is to allow elements of the city to rudely intrude into his images. Streetlights, telegraph poles and stop signs pass through many of his works so that the compositions almost invariably are dissected in a way particular to the medium.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Inspired by Robert Frank and Garry Winogrand, Friedlander made use of the compact Leica 35mm camera for his hastily grabbed, ironic studies of the city. A typical Friedlander ‘street’ technique is to allow elements of the city to rudely intrude into his images. Streetlights, telegraph poles and stop signs pass through many of his works so that the compositions are dissected in a way that is distinctly photographic.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra