Recent Western Landscape 2008–09.
Photographs by Lee Friedlander. Text by Klaus Kertess.
Mary Boone Gallery, 2011. 30 pp., 25 duotone illustrations, 12x12¾".
Shot in locations such as Glen
Canyon, Death Valley and the
Mojave Desert, the black-and-white
photographs in this handsomely
produced volume locate tangles of
foreground brush, craggy mountainscape
walls and snowy landscapes
festooned with leaves.
Friedlander’s photographs often
suit large-format publication, and
this 12 x 12.75-inch monograph,
with its linen binding and tipped on
cover image, amply houses their
magnificent sense of austere scale
and intense detail. In his foreword
to the volume, Klaus Kertess writes:
“The heterogeneous organic mesh
so often experienced in the foreground
of these landscapes imbue
forests and mountains with a kind
of intimacy and immediacy ordinarily
reserved for those actually
trekking through the photographed
terrain… The muffled silence of the
snowbound landscape, the fragile
delicacy of the leaves, and the trees
almost dissolving in the misty
atmosphere envelop the plane in
lyrical reverie seldom equaled in
painting or photography.”
Read Melanie McWhorter's photo-eye Blog post on Recent Western Landscapes 2008-2009 here.
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