Lee FRIEDLANDER, Richard Benson (text)

At Work


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"Work, work, work - no one understands work better than Lee FRIEDLANDER.

Since the early 1960s he has been a tireless observer and chronicler of the world around him, his photographic work making him one of America's most influential photographers.
His photographic descriptions of the world break apart our accepted visual relationships, showing us entirely unexpected scenes. FRIEDLANDER's photographs have given us back the mundane bits and pieces of our own lives in an entirely new order.

In this collection of photographs in the photo book 'At Work', we see the world of industrial work refracted through the FRIEDLANDER lens.
Over a period of 16 years he did his own work amongst American workers in locations as diverse as factories, offices, telemarketing centers, and corporate offices. S
ome of his work gathered here was commissioned by curators, some by corporate CEOs, but all the images re-align the world of work for the rest of us, showing us relationships between objects, people, and places that would escape a less idiosyncratic observer." (publisher's note, © D.A.P., 2002)

Book Review
"Lee FRIEDLANDER has been photographing people at work for a long time - in 'Factory Valleys' (long out of print - but worth the effort to find a copy to look at) he made pictures of workers in the 'mature' rust belt industries - people making things - in 'Cray at Chippewa Falls' (1987) he shows workers with billowing 1980s hair wiring up the brains of supercomputers with equally flowing waterfalls of wires - pictures from both these series are included in this wonderful book - but he also shows the new face of work - dozens of modern office workers staring at computer screens.

The transition from making physical objects to being a data entry device for a machine seems to be accompanied by a transition in the faces of the workers - the early factory workers look dirty and tired, but they also appear human, immediately present in front of the camera - but the new workers all seem to be staring at some long lost horizon, zombies, endlessly pushing buttons, hoping to find the magic sequence that will release them from the drugged state they have arrived in..." (© Dennis Witmer)

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, 2005)
'Lee Friedlander' (2000)
'The Little Screens' (2001)
'Kitaj' (2002)
'New Documents'
'Staglieno' (2003)
'Stems' (2003)
'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)

"Arbeit, Arbeit, Arbeit - Niemand versteht die Arbeit besser als Lee FRIEDLANDER.
Seit den frühen 1960er Jahren ist er ein unermüdlicher Beobachter und Chronist der Welt um ihn herum. Seine fotografischen Arbeiten machen ihn zu einem der einflussreichsten Fotografen Amerikas.
Seine fotografischen Beschreibungen der Welt brechen unsere akzeptierten visuellen Beziehungen auf und zeigen uns völlig unerwartete Szenen. Die Fotografien von FRIEDLANDER haben uns die irdischen Kleinigkeiten unseres Lebens in einer völlig neuen Reihenfolge zurückgegeben.

In dieser Fotosammlung des Fotobuchs 'At Work' wird die Welt der industriellen Arbeit durch die FRIEDLANDER-Linse gebrochen.

Über einen Zeitraum von 16 Jahren arbeitete er unter amerikanischen Arbeitern an verschiedenen Standorten wie Fabriken, Büros, Telemarketing-Zentren und Unternehmensbüros.
Einige seiner hier gesammelten Arbeiten wurden von Kuratoren, andere von Unternehmensvorständen in Auftrag gegeben, alle Bilder jedoch ordnen die Arbeitswelt für den Rest von uns neu an und zeigen uns Beziehungen zwischen Objekten, Personen und Orten, die einem weniger eigenwilligen Beobachter entgehen würden." (freie Übersetzung des Verlagstextes, © DAP, 2002)

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)
'Kitaj' (2002)
'New Documents'
'Staglieno' (2003)
'Stems' (2003)
'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)