Lee FRIEDLANDER, John Szarkowski (ed.)

Self Portrait


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PARR/BADGER, Vol.II

"FRIEDLANDER's surreal sensibility is on full display in this set of photographs, originally published in 1970.

Here FRIEDLANDER focuses on the role of his own physical presence in his images. He writes: 'At first, my presence in my photos was fascinating and disturbing. But as time passed and I was more a part of other ideas in my photos, I was able to add a giggle to those feelings.'

Here readers can witness this progression as FRIEDLANDER appears in the form of his shadow, or reflected in windows and mirrors, and only occasionally fully visible through his own camera. In some photos he visibly struggles with the notion of self-portraiture, desultorily shooting himself in household mirrors and other reflective surfaces.
Soon, though, he begins to toy with the pictures, almost teasingly inserting his shadow into them to amusing and provocative effect--elongated and trailing a group of women seen only from the knees down; cast and bent over a chair as if seated in it; mirroring the silhouette of someone walking down the street ahead of him; or falling on the desert ground, a large bush standing in for hair. These uncanny self-portraits evoke a surprisingly full landscape of the artist's life and mind.

This reprint edition contains nearly 50 duotone images and an afterword by John Szarkowski, former Director of the Department of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art." (publisher's note, © MoMA, 2005)

References:
Andrew Roth, The Book of 101 Books,
Martin Parr & Gerry Badger, The Photobook, vol 1, page 258.
The Open Book, Hasselblad Center, page 262/263.
802 photo books of the M. + M. Auer collection, page 514

About the photographer, Lee FRIEDLANDER (b. 1934):
"Lee FRIEDLANDER 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 landscape and countless other subjects.
FRIEDLANDER is also recognized 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.

FRIEDLANDER’s work was included in the highly influential 1967 'New Documents' exhibition, curated by John Szarkowski at the Museum of Modern Art. 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'.

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'." (© Fraenkel Gallery)

Other titles by Lee FRIEDLANDER (b. 1934) are:
'Self portrait' (re-edit 1998)
'Lee Friedlander' (2000)
'The Little Screens' (2001)
'At Work' (2002)
'Kitaj' (2002)
'New Documents'
'Staglieno' (2003)
'Stems' (2003, 2008)
'Family' (2004)
'Sticks and Stones. Architectural America' (2004)
'Lee Friedlander. The Museum of Modern Art Catalogue' (by P. Galassi, 2004)
'Lee Friedlander: Photographs, Letters From the People'
'Apples and Olives' (2005)
'Cherry Blossom Time in Japan' (2006)
'America by Car' (2008)
'Frederick Law Olmsted Landscapes' (2008)
'New Mexico' (2008)
'In the Picture. Self Portraits 1958-2011' (2011)
'Recent Western Landscape 2008-09' (2011)
'The New Cars' (2011)
'Mannequin' (2012)
'The Nudes: A Second Look' (2013)
'jfk. a photographic memoir' (2013)
'Family in the Picture 1958-2013' (2014)
'Double Elephant' (together with Manuel Alvarez BRAVO, Walker EVANS & Garry WINOGRAND, 2015)
'Street. The Human Clay' (2016)

PARR/BADGER, Vol.II

"Dieser Fotobuch-Klassiker - hier als Wiederauflage des 1970 erstmals veröffentlichten Buchs - thematisiert die ständige Präsenz des Fotografen in seinen Fotografien, einmal als Schatten, ein anderes Mal als Spiegelbild oder auch komplett sichtbar als Selbstporträt.

Auf einigen Fotos kämpft er sichtlich mit dem Begriff der Selbstdarstellung, bald jedoch beginnt er mit den Bildern zu spielen, beinahe neckisch setzt er seinen Schatten in Szene und erzeugt damit amüsante und provokative Resonanz - diese Selbstporträts geben Einblicke in den Kosmos des FRIEDLANDERschen Geistes.

Diese Neuauflage enthält fast 50 Duplexbildern und ein Nachwort von John Szarkowski, dem ehemalige Direktor der Abteilung für Fotografie im MoMA.
Die Druckqualität des Buchs ist ausgezeichnet!" (© Richard G. SPORLEDER)

Referenzen:
Andrew Roth, The Book of 101 Books, Seite 298/299,
Martin Parr & Gerry Badger, The Photobook, vol 1, Seite 258.
The Open Book, Hasselblad Center, Seite 262/263.
802 photo books of the M. + M. Auer collection, Seite 514

Über den Fotografen, Lee FRIEDLANDER (b. 1934):
Lee FRIEDLANDER begann 1948 mit dem Fotografieren der amerikanischen sozialen Landschaft.
Mit der Fähigkeit, eine große Menge visueller Informationen in dynamischen Kompositionen zu organisieren, hat FRIEDLANDER humorvolle und ergreifende Bilder zwischen dem Chaos des Stadtlebens, der dichten Landschaft und unzähligen anderen Motiven gemacht.

FRIEDLANDER ist auch für eine Gruppe von Selbstporträts bekannt, die er in den 1960er Jahren begann, in den späten 1990ern wieder aufnahm und die 2000 in einer Monographie der Fraenkel Gallery veröffentlicht wurde.

Die Arbeit von FRIEDLANDER war als Teil der 1967 von John Szarkowski kuratierten und sehr einflussreichen Ausstellung 'New Documents' im Museum of Modern Art zu sehen. Zu den vielen von FRIEDLANDER selbst entworfenen und veröffentlichten Monographien gehören 'Sticks and Stones', 'Lee Friedlander: Photograsphs, Letters from the People', 'Apples and Olives', 'Cherry Blossom Time in Japan', 'Family' und 'At Work'.

FRIEDLANDER erhielt 2005 den prestigeträchtigen Hasselblad-Award sowie eine großen Wander-Retrospektive und einen Katalog des Museum of Modern Art. 2010 zeigte das Whitney Museum of American Art in New York sein gesamtes Werk 'America by Car'. "(© Fraenkel Gallery)

Weitere Fotobuchtitel von Lee FRIEDLANDER (*1934) sind:
'Self portrait' (re-edit 1998, 2005)
'Lee Friedlander' (2000)
'The Little Screens' (2001)
'At Work' (2002)
'Kitaj' (2002)
'New Documents'
'Staglieno' (2003)
'Stems' (2003, 2008)
'Family' (2004)
'Sticks and Stones. Architectural America' (2004)
'Lee Friedlander. The Museum of Modern Art Catalogue' (by P. Galassi, 2004)
'Lee Friedlander: Photographs, Letters From the People'
'Apples and Olivers' (2005)
'Cherry Blossom Time in Japan' (2006)
'America by Car' (2008)
'Frederick Law Olmsted Landscapes' (2008)
'New Mexico' (2008)
'In the Picture. Self Portraits 1958-2011' (2011)
'Recent Western Landscape 2008-09' (2011)
'The New Cars' (2011)
'Mannequin' (2012)
'The Nudes: A Second Look' (2013)
'jfk. a photographic memoir' (2013)
'Family in the Picture 1958-2013' (2014)
'Double Elephant' (together with Manuel Alvarez BRAVO, Walker EVANS & Garry WINOGRAND, 2015)
'Street. The Human Clay' (2016)