Publisher: New York and San Francisco: D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, Inc. & Fraenkel Gallery, 2010
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: New / New
Item #: 107623
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First edition, first printing. Limited edition of 1000 hand-numbered copies, signed opposite the title page by Friedlander. Hardcover. Fine black cloth-covered boards with title debossed on cover and spine, with photographically illustrated, French-fold dust jacket. The book is further contained in a 19 x 18 inch printed cardboard box. Photographs by Lee Friedlander. Includes a list of plates. Designed by Katy Homans. 200 pp., with 192 duotone plates printed on heavy matte paper by Meridian Printing, from separations by Thomas Palmer. 15-3/8 x 14 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 and cardboard packaging, opened only for signature.
From the publisher: "Enduring icons of American culture, the car and the highway remain vital as auguries of adventure and discovery, and a means by which to take in the country's vast scale. Lee Friedlander is the first photographer to make the car an actual 'form' for making photographs. Driving across most of the country's 50 states in an ordinary rental car, Friedlander applied the brilliantly simple conceit of deploying the sideview mirror, rearview mirror, the windshield and the side windows as a picture frame within which to record the country's eccentricities and obsessions at the turn of the century. This method allows for fascinating effects in foreshortening, and wonderfully telling juxtapositions in which steering wheels, dashboards and leatherette bump up against roadside bars, motels, churches, monuments, suspension bridges, landscapes and often Friedlander's own image, via sideview mirror shots.
Presented in the square crop format that has dominated his look in recent series, and taken over the past decade, the nearly 200 images in America by Car are easily among Friedlander's finest, full of virtuoso touch and clarity, while also revisiting themes from older bodies of work (Friedlander occasionally used aspects of automotive architecture in photographs from the late 1960s and early 1970s). Never has America been photographed so penetratingly and ingeniously as in Friedlander's latest body of work."