The Little Screens.
Photographs by Lee Friedlander. Text by Walker Evans.
Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, 2001. 96 pp., 34 duotone illustrations, 9½x9½".
Individual images from this important, early body of work, by one of America's preeminent photographers, have been published sporadically over the years, but surprisingly, until now, the entirety of the work has remained unpublished and thus elusive. 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 spectre-like presence of the television.
About the Ltd Edition
"The Little Screens is a revered and influential body of early work by Lee Friedlander, but it has never before been brought together in its entirety. The book's title refers to the television screens housed in motel rooms and other nondescript rooms of anonymous character spread throughout the country during the 1960s. Each screen vividly transmits images of popular culture icons, political figures, or minor celebrities of the times. The environments are iconographic ghost-rooms filled with bland furniture-rooms without personality, rooms that could be, and are, anywhere and everywhere."-the publisher. There is a limited edition of 100 signed and numbered copies. See Cat# PK678L.
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