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Lee Friedlander: Stems

Publisher: New York: D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, Inc., 2003
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 1891024752
Condition: New / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 101401



First edition, first and only printing. Hardcover. Bright lime-green fine linen cloth, with tritone plate tipped in front cover and title stamped in black and silver on front cover and spine, no dust jacket as issued. Photographs and introduction by Lee Friedlander. Edited by Lori Waxman. Designed by Katy Homans. 92 pp., with 65 tritone plates, beautifully printed with a special drytrap process by Meridian Printing, Rhode Island from separations made by Thomas Palmer. 12-1/4 x 10-3/8 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.


New in publisher's shrink-wrap.


From the publisher: "In 1994, suffering from aching knees and painfully concerned about it, Lee Friedlander decided to prepare himself for a sedentary life. He began to pursue the still life as a possibility and maybe a way of photographic life--a dramatic shift for a man who has spent his life photographing on the street, in the woods, on the road, at parties, anywhere but sitting down. He tried a variety of subjects with a few good results, but nothing stood out until he began to look at the fresh flowers that his wife Maria placed around their home in cut-glass vases. But never mind the flowers. True to Friedlander's style, he very quickly found himself most interested in the stems. During the months of February, May, June and December of 1994, he focused his lens on wild arrays of stems and the optical splendor produced by light refracting through the glass vases that contained them. In 1998, Friedlander had both of his knees surgically replaced. Three months of recovery time passed during which he took no pictures, the only gap in almost 50 years of working. The next year, successfully rehabilitated and walking without pain, Friedlander decided to re-apply himself to the stems and finish them off as a subject. Published in a lush, oversize volume, printed with a special drytrap process, Stems is the result of this unusual saga in the photographer's career. Lee Friedlander and his camera have now returned to the street."