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. Pantheon, NY, 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).
Fine-Fine; slight curve to boards; trace of wear to edges.
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.
Sticks & Stones. Architectural America. Photographs by Lee Friedlander. Essay by James Enyeart. Distributed Art Publishers, New York, 2004. 216 pp. Large square quarto. First edition. SIGNED on title page. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. 192 duotone reproductions.
"In Sticks & Stones, Lee Friedlander offers his view of America as seen through its architecture. In 192 square-format pictures shot over the past 15 years, Friedlander has framed the familiar through his own unique way of seeing the world. Whether he's representing modest vernacular buildings or monumental skyscrapers, Friedlander liberates them from our preconceived notions and gives us a new way of looking at our surrounding environment. Shot during the course of countless trips to urban and rural areas across the country, many of them made by car (the driver's window sometimes providing Friedlander with an extra frame), these pictures capture an America as unblemished by romanticized notions of human nature as it is full of quirky human touches. Nevertheless, man's presence is not at stake here; streets, roads, façades, and buildings offer their own visual intrigue, without reference to their makers. And in the end, it is not even the grand buildings themselves that prick our interest, but rather the forgettable architectural elements-the poles, posts, sidewalks, fences, phone booths, alleys, parked cars-that through photographic juxtaposition with all kinds of buildings help us to discover the spirit of an Architectural America."--the publisher
Frederick Law Olmsted Landscapes. Photographs and text by Lee Friedlander. DAP, NY, 2008. Large square quarto. First edition. SIGNED on half-title page. Clothbound. Tipped-on cover image. No jacket as issued. 84 pp., 89 tritone reproductions.
"A natural chronicler of all things uniquely American, photographer Lee Friedlander here puts his lens to the work of Frederick Law Olmsted (1822–1903), designer of many of this country’s most iconic public landscapes and the father of North American landscape architecture. Olmsted was responsible for a staggering number of America’s greatest parks, including the Niagara reservation (North America’s oldest state park),Washington Park, the Biltmore Estate, the U.S. Capitol building landscape and entire parkway systems in Buffalo and Louisville. His most famous work remains New York City’s Central Park, a pioneering egalitarian gesture that, at the time, was very unusual for its ready accessibility. This book, published to coincide with The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2008 exhibition, compiles 89 photographs made by Friedlander in Olmsted’s public parks and private estates.
"This stunning collection of rich tritones celebrates the complex, idiosyncratic picture-making of one of the country’s greatest living photographers, and also arrives upon the 150 year anniversary of Olmsted’s 1858 design for Central Park. Rambling across bridges and through open meadows and dense undergrowth, Friedlander locates a pure pleasure in Olmsted’s designs—in the meticulous stonework, the balance of exposure to shade and in the mature, weather-beaten trees that attest to the durability of Olmsted’s vision."--the publisher
Mannequin. Photographs by Lee Friedlander. Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco/D.A.P., NY, 2012. 112 pp. Large quarto. First edition. SIGNED on front free-endpaper. Hardbound. Photo-illustrated boards. No jacket as issued. 103 duotone reproductions.
"Lee Friedlander (b. 1934) is one of the rare artists in any medium to have sustained a body of influential work over five decades. To make the photographs in Mannequin, he returned to the hand-held, 35-mm camera that he used in the earliest decades of his career. Made over the past three years, Friedlander roamed the sidewalks of New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco, focusing on store-front windows and reflections which speak to marketplace notions of sex, fashion and consumerism, while recalling Atget’s surreal photographs of Parisian windows made one-hundred years earlier. Thoroughly straightforward, their unsettling and radical new compositions suggest photographs that have been torn up and pasted back together again in near-random ways."--the publisher