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Lee Friedlander: At Work

Publisher: New York: D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, Inc., 2002
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 1891024485
Condition: Fine / Fine
Item #: 100796



First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine cloth, with debossed title, with dust jacket. Photographs and text by Lee Friedlander. Afterword by Richard Benson. Designed by Katy Homans. 96 pp., with 231 duotone reproductions, beautifully printed by Steidl, Göttingen, Germany. 12-1/4 x 12 inches.

Lee Friedlander’s work is widely known for transforming our visual understanding of contemporary American culture. Known for passionately embracing all subject matter, Friedlander photographed nearly every facet of American life from the 1950s to the present. From factories in Pennsylvania, to the jazz scene in New Orleans, to the deserts of the Southwest, Friedlander's complex formal visual strategies continue to influence the way we understand, analyze, and experience modern American experience. Friedlander's work continues to influence photographic practice internationally, in part due to the heightened sense of self-awareness that is a trademark of so many of his photographs and in part because of his ability to embrace wide-ranging subject matter, always interpreting it in an elegance that hadn't existed prior to his work.


Fine in Fine dust jacket.


Includes photographs from the following series: Factory Valleys; Gund Foundation; Cray, Chippewa Falls; MIT; Dreyfus; Telemarketing (some photographs have been reproduced in previous publications of the same name, such as Factory Valleys and Cray at Chippewa Falls).

From the publisher: "In the Industrial North at the end of the 1970s, people were at work using hands and machinery to make things we all use. In the mid 80s, in Wisconsin, they built supercomputers; at the same time, near Boston, they typed on desktop computers. In New York City, in the early 90s, people stood on stock floors, trading. In 1995, in Omaha, they sat at computers, cold calling as telemarketers; and in Cleveland, in that same year, they used their human skills in traditional ways to once again craft products we all depend on. Work, work, work--we spend the better part of our lives on the job, be it in a factory or an antiseptic office, or somewhere else in the vast assembly line in between.

Tireless photographer Lee Friedlander, the maniacally inclusive but blessedly nonchalant cataloguer of Americana--her monuments, jazz musicians, and urban landscapes--here presents 16 years of Americans at work. A collection of commissioned portfolios, some made at the request of art institutions, others at the behest of company CEOs, Lee Friedlander At Work also documents, albeit subtly, 16 years of one of America's most exceptional and hard-working photographers--at work."