Letters from the People. Photographs by Lee Friedlander. Signed on front fly-leaf. Squarish folio. Clothbound with dust jacket. 213 tritone images. Distributed Art Publishers, New York, 1993. 88 pp.
Letters from the People affirms Lee Friedlander's position as the preeminent photographer in the tradition of Walker Evans, whose classic book Message from the Interior served as Friedlander's model for the scale of this latest work. In a beautifully edited sequence of images, Friedlander captures language as our shared cultural reality, focusing on the everyday presence of the written word in the random letters, words, signs, slogans, and outcries that dot our social landscape. It celebrates the social energy, ethnic diversity, and cultural rhythms fueled by the democratic experience of freedom of expression. This major monograph, beautifully printed in tritone, accompanied a major traveling exhibition of Friedlander's work.
NOTE: This title is available, unsigned, as photo-eye catalogue #PK110
Fine in Fine dust jacket; only minor shelf-wear and rubbing.