Witness No. 6.
Photographs by Lee Friedlander.
Nazraeli Press, Portland, 2009. 96 pp., 157 duotone illustrations., 9½x12".
Lee and I have shared a number of unconventionally interesting friends
during our five decades together, people who show us an unusual way
of living a life. I would put Raoul Hague on that list, maybe at the top.
Beginning in the mid 1960s and continuing for more than 25 years, Lee
and I and our children visited him at the Woodstock, New York, cabin
where he lived and worked. To enter Hague’s cabin was entering his
universe. It was not simply a dwelling and a studio but a carefully organized
way of life, a reflection of an esthetic ideal. All he did, whether
work or pleasure, was driven by this ideal, which he created for himself
and carried out without compromise. Hague was the quintessential
storybook artist. — from the text by Maria Friedlander
Witness Number 6 provides a portrait – in 157 photographs by
Lee Friedlander, and accompanying essay by Maria Friedlander
– of the sculptor Raoul Hague. The Friedlanders knew Hague
for over two and a half decades, and their deep fondness for, and
mutual trust with, the Armenian-born sculptor comes through in
every image and word of this gorgeous addition to JGS’s Witness