Nudes. Photographs by Lee Friedlander. Edited by Mark Holborn. Sequence by John Szarkowski with Mark Holborn and Lee Friedlander. Design by Catherine Mills. Afterword by Ingrid Sischy. Jonathan Cape, London, 1991. Unpaged text + plates. First edition. SIGNED on title page. Oblong quarto. Stiff photo-illustrated wrappers. 84 tritone reproductions (separations by Richard Benson and Thomas Palmer).
A carefully sequenced book of eighty-four nudes chosen from Friedlander's fifteen years of working with a number of female models, including a young Madonna. From the dustjacket: "Little of this work has ever appeared. The photographs are both highly intimate and coolly detached. The frequently surprising perspectives are balanced by the mundane backdrops of ordinary life..." There is no mistaking that these are late twentieth century photographs, different in attitude from the nudes of a Weston or a Brandt or a Bravo. The plates were made from tritone separations made by master printer Richard Benson and Thomas Palmer, and printed by Franklin Graphics in Providence.