Lee Friedlander  (American, 1934) 

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Lee Friedlander (American, b.1934) is a photographer best known for his long career in documenting the American social landscape. After studying photography under Edward Kaminski at the Art Center of Los Angeles, he moved to New York and photographed jazz musicians for record jackets. Influenced by legendary street photographers such as Eugène Atget (French, 1957–1927), Walker Evans (American, 1903–1975), and Robert Frank (American, b.1924), Friedlander produced series that sought to capture urban life while playing with spatial depth, reflections, and shadows. For his 1976 series The American Monument, Friedlander presents a fragmentary vision of over 100 public monuments, and three years later he documented industry and factory workers in Factory Valleys: Ohio and Pennsylvania. Continuing his interest in a fragmentary approach to photographic composition, his series Self-Portrait shows Friedlander in the form of reflections or shadows. His close connection with popular culture and Pop Art appears in Works from the Same House, a collaboration with Jim Dine (American, b.1935) that juxtaposed Friedlander's photographs with Dine's etchings. Friedlander received a MacArthur Fellowship in 1990 and the Hasselblad International Award in 2005. His first solo show was at the International Museum of Photography in 1963, and his work was part of John Szarkowski's (American, b.1925) New Documents at the Museum of Modern Art in 1967. Recent retrospectives were presented in 2005 at the Museum of Modern Art, and at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2008.

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Lee Friedlander, Knoxville, Tennessee

 

Lee Friedlander
Knoxville, Tennessee
1971

Laurence Miller Gallery
Lee Friedlander, Galax, Virginia

 

Lee Friedlander
Galax, Virginia
1962

Fraenkel Gallery
Lee Friedlander, Tokyo

 

Lee Friedlander
Tokyo
1994

Fraenkel Gallery
Lee Friedlander, Canyon de Chelly, Arizona

 

Lee Friedlander
Canyon de Chelly, Arizona
1983

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Lee Friedlander, New York City

 

Lee Friedlander
New York City
2011

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Lee Friedlander, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

Lee Friedlander
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1965

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Lee Friedlander, Florida

 

Lee Friedlander
Florida
1963

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Lee Friedlander, Aretha Franklin

 

Lee Friedlander
Aretha Franklin
1968

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Lee Friedlander, Wilmington, Delaware

 

Lee Friedlander
Wilmington, Delaware
1965

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Lee Friedlander, NYC

 

Lee Friedlander
NYC, 1966
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Lee Friedlander, NYC

 

Lee Friedlander
NYC, 1963
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Lee Friedlander, Galax, Va

 

Lee Friedlander
Galax, Va, 1962
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1934   Born in Aberdeen, Washington
1960   John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
1962   John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
1977   National Endowment for the Arts Grant
1977   John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
1977   Mellon Chair, Rice University, Houston, Texas
1978   National Endowment for the Arts Grant
1979   National Endowment for the Arts Grant
1980   Friends of Photography Peer Award
1980   National Endowment for the Arts Gran
1981   Medal of the City of Paris
1986   Edward MacDowell Medal
1990   John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Award
1999   Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
1999   French Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters
2004   Doctor of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania
2004   Doctor of Fine Arts, Yale University
2005   Erna and Victor Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography
2006   Lifetime Achievement Award, The International Center of Photography, Infinity Awards
2010   Lead Award Gold Medal, MONOPOL Magazine
  Lives and works in New City
2012   Mannequin, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2012   America by Car, House of Photography, Moscow, Russia (solo)
2012   Cars and The New Cars, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, USA (solo)
2012   True Stories, Amerikanische Fotografie aus der Sammlung Moderne Kunst, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany
2011 - 2012   Picturing The Artist, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA, USA
2011 - 2012   Photography Calling!, Sprengel Museum Hannover, Hannover, Germany
2011   Deichtorhallen, Sammlung Falckenberg, Phoenix Hallen, Hamburg, Germany
2011   Hyper Real - Kunst und Amerika um 1970, Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany (traveling exhibition)
2011   EXPOSED - Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera since 1870, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; afterwards Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, USA
2011   CARS, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2010 - 2011   Hyper Real - Kunst und Amerika um 1970, MUMOK, Vienna, Austria (traveling exhibition)
2010 - 2011   Lee Friedlander: America by Car, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (solo)
2010   Still Life 2, Janet Borden, Inc., New York, New York, USA (solo)
2010   Summer Loves, Huis Marseille, Museum voor Fotografie, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2010   Picturing New York: Photographs from the Museum of Modern Art, IMMA Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
2010   Masters of Photography, Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerpen, Belgium
2010   Surface Tension: Contemporary Photographs from the Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NewYork, USA
2009   Parks and Trees – Eugène Atget & Lee Friedlander, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany
2009   Lee Friedlander's Factory Valleys - Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH
2009   Friedlander - The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
2009   Photographic Figures - MFA - Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA
2008   Lee Friedlander - Galleri Riis, Oslo (solo)
2008   Friedlander: Photography - The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN (solo)
2008   Friedlander - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2008   Lee Friedlander: "America by Car" - Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2008   Lee Friedlander: A Ramble in Olmsted Parks - The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY (solo)
2007   Lee Friedlander - CaixaForum Palma, Palma de Mallorca (solo)
2007   Lee Friedlander - CaixaForum Barcelona, Barcelona (solo)
2007   Lee Friedlander Retrospective - Rat Hole Gallery, Tokyo (solo)
2006   Friedlander - Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris (solo)
2006   Lee Friedlander - Kunsthallen Brandts Klædefabrik, Odense (solo)
2006   Lee Friedlander - Fotografins Hus, Stockholm (solo)
2006   Lee Friedlander - Kicken Berlin, Berlin (solo)
2006   Tunnel Vision, Fotomuseum Provincie Antwerpen, Belgium
2005   Lee Friedlander - Hasselblad Center, Göteborg (solo)
2005   Lee Friedlander - HDK - Haus der Kunst - München, Munich (solo)
2005   Lee Friedlander At Work - Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS (solo)
2005   Lee Friedlander - Sticks and Stones and At Work - MoCP - The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL (solo)
2004   Lee Friedlander - Sticks and Stones - Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2004   Lee Friedlander - At Work - SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne (solo)
2003   Lee Friedlander - Huis Marseille stichting voor fotografie, Amsterdam (solo)
2003   Lee Friedlander - James Kelly - Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM (solo)
2002   Lee Friedlander - Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp (solo)
2001   Lee Friedlander - The Little Screens - Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2001   Lee Friedlander - Kicken Berlin, Berlin (solo)
2001   Lee Friedlander - Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York City, NY (solo)
2000   Lee Friedlander - Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, ON (solo)
2000   Lee Friedlander And Several Exceptionally Good Recently Acquired Pictures XII - Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
1998   Fraenkel Gallery San Francisco
1996   Fraenkel Gallery San Francisco
1994   Museum of Modern Art NY
1994   Lee Friedlander: Letters from the People - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY (solo)
1994   One Hundred Years of Street Photography, Wright State U. Dayton, Ohio
1993   In Camera, Museum of Fine Arts
1993   Museum of New Mexico Santa Fe
1993   Lee Friedlander - Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp (solo)
1993   Institute for Contemporary Art Boston
1992   Lee Friedlander: Like a One-Eyed Cat - Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, NY (solo)
1991   Lee Friedlander: Nudes - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
1991   San Francisco Museum of Modern Art San Francisco
1990   Fraenkel Gallery San Francisco
1989   Seattle Art Museun (traveling, catalog) Seattle
1983   Shiloh: Lee Friedlander - The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (solo)
1978   Mirrors and Windows: American Photography Since 1960, Museum of Modern Art (catalog) NY
1974   Lee Friedlander - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY (solo)
1967   Twelve Photogaphers Toward a Social Landscape, Rose Art Museum (catalog) Brandeis U., Waltham, MA
1967   New Documents, Museum of Modern Art NY
1964   The Photogapher's Eye, Museum of Modern Art (catalog) NY
1963   George Eastman House, Rochester, New York (solo)
  FAIF Collection, Zurich, Switzerland
  Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  Museum of Modern Art, New York
  National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
  New Orleans Museum of Art
  San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art
  Victoria and Albert Museum, London
  Art Institute of Chicago
  Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris
  Canadian Centre of Architecture, Montreal
  Center for Creative Photography, Tucson
  Fogg Museum, Cambridge
  George Eastman House, Rochester, New York
  Maison Europeene de la Photographie
  Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts
  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
2010    America by Car. Lee Friedlander, New York 2010.
2009    Lee Friedlander. Witness # 6, Nazraeli 2009
2008    Eugène Atget & Lee Friedlander - Parks and Trees, ed.by Galerie Thomas Zander, Köln 2008
2008    Lee Friedlander / New Mexico, ed. by Andrew Smith Gallery, Santa Fe 2008
2007    Friedlander, Lee :Photographs : Landscapes, ed.by Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 2007
2006    Cherry Blossom Time in Japan, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2005    Friedlander, MoMA, NY
2005    Apples and Olives, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2004    Sticks and Stones, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco and DAP, New York
2004    Lee Friedlander: Family, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco and DAP, New York
2002    Kitaj, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
2001    The Little Screens, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
2001    Lee Friedlander, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
1998    Self Portrait, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco and DAP, New York
1992    The Jazz People of New Orleans. Pantheon, New York
1991    Lee Friedlander: Nudes. Pantheon, New York
1989    Like a One-Eyed Cat: Photographs by Lee Friedlander 1956-1987, Abrams & Seattle Art Museum, New York
1986    Lee Friedlander: Portraits. New York Graphic Society.
1982    Factory Valleys. Haywire Press, New York.
1981    Flowers and Trees. Haywire Press, New York.
1978    Lee Friedlander: Photographs. Haywire Press, New York
1978    The American Monument. Eakins Press, New York.
1970    Self-Portrait. Haywire Press, New York