The Little Screens. Photographs by Lee Friedlander. Text by Walker Evans. Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, 2001. 96 pp. Quarto. First edition limited to 2000 copies. Hardbound with tipped-in lenticular image on front board. 34 duotone illustrations
Published sporadically over the years, Friedlander's deadpan commentary on television and modern life appears complete for the first time in this 2001 publication. In The Little Screens, Friedlander isolates the seemingly requisite television sets placed in each and every motel room across the country, sets that pipe in images of politicians and noted personalities, movie-stars and criminals, offering a quasi companionship to the traveler. The lonely, nondescript rooms of the 1960s (are they any different today?) serve as the backdrop for the specter-like presence of the television.