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.
Self-Portrait. Photographs by Lee Friedlander. Afterword by John Szarkowski. Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco'/D.A.P., New York, 1998. 96 pp. Oblong quarto. Second edition (first edition published by Friedlander's own Haywire Press in 1970). Signed on title page. Stiff illustrated wrappers. 49 duotone illustrations.
With its understated, ironic wit Lee Friedlander's classic, Self-Portrait was one of the most influential monographs of its time (and one of the most sought-after as well). As Martin Parr and Gerry Badger write of the first edition in The Photobook: A History, Vol. I, Friedlander "critiques the act of photographing, laying bare the process, and emphasizing that it is about personal point of view. Self Portrait is a complex, subtle work that functions as an oblique document of contemporary experience." This is a beautifully produced, faithful, and worthy edition, adding a few well-known images not originally included and John Szarkowski's essay.
Self Portraits. Photographs by Lee Friedlander. Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, 2000. 96 pp. Large octavo. Limited edition of 600 copies signed and numbered by Friedlander. Clothbound with tipped on cover image. 77 duotone illustrations.
In the 90s Friedlander again took up the theme of the self portrait. "I started again after I did a couple and realized that I'd metamorphosed into something else," Friedlander has said. "I wasn't the same person any more, and I wanted to document that."