Posts Tagged ‘American social landscape’

Artist of the moment……photographer Lee Friedlander

Lee Friedlander is an internationally collected photographer born in Aberdeen, Washington in the year 1934. Friedlander is best known for his images of the American landscape and in particular New York City from the 1950s and 1960s.  The artist works in a black and white format giving his work a sense of timelessness so that even a picture like the one in the gallery of Las Vegas, is from 2007.

The artist has worked mainly with a 35 mm camera in the past and uses a medium format camera.

price range information: Most works priced between $5,000 and $85,000.

Over his career the artist has also shot a fair amount of celebrities. One of his first celeb shoots involved Madonna and appeared in Playboy magazine. Madonna appeared nude and this was in the 1970s. Madonna was able to rake in $25 for her work. A photograph from this series sold for more than $37,000 at auction!

For his artistic education Lee Friedlander attended the Art Center College of Design located in Pasadena, California.

After college moved to New York City. He would start to shoot celebrities in addition to his landscapes. A major source of income was to shoot jazz musicians for record album covers. Before I-tunes design of an albums cover was key in albums success, a sort of marketing device. Think of such album covers the Beatle’s Sgt. Pepper.

A great montage of works by Friedlander:

Some well acclaimed series has dealt with factory workers and public monuments across the United States. In this clip we view a book that covers his work with monuments:

Has had exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of Art.

On an artistic note, I love the way Friedlander makes use reflections in his art. The technique reminds of master painter Richard Estes’ many views of the Big Apple done in a similar manner. To close we view¬† a work of Richard Estes.