Publisher: New York: Callaway Editions, Inc., 1982
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: Fine / Near Fine
Item #: 111851
First edition, first printing. Signed in black ink on the first page by Friedlander. Moss-green cloth-covered boards, with photographically illustrated dust jacket. Photographs by Friedlander. Afterword by Leslie George Katz. Includes a list of plates. Designed by Nicholas Callaway and Anne Kennedy. Typography by Leslie Miller and Crosby Typographers. Unpaginated (82 pp. including bound-in print), with 62 plates exquisitely printed in 300-line offset lithography on fine matte art paper by the Meriden Gravure Company, Connecticut, from halftone negatives made by Richard Benson. 11-1/4 x 11-1/4 inches. The cloth edition was limited to 1,000 unnumbered signed hardbound copies. Out of print. Scarce in the hardbound signed edition. [Cited in Peter Galassi, Friedlander. (New York: MoMA, 2005), "Books, Special Editions, and Portfolios" (pp. 444-459), #17.]
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 Near Fine dust jacket (1-inch faint stain to the upper spine area, 1-mm chips to crown of spine, scratch to rear panel, light toning to spine, else Fine).
Considered by many (including the artist), to be Friedlander's best book. From the publisher: "In 1979, Friedlander was commissioned by the Akron Art Museum to document the industrial area of the Ohio River Valley. Over the course of the following year, he traveled in Ohio and Pennsylvania, photographing the towns, cities, factories, and workers. The result is not only a stunning reportage of the industrial heartland of America, but also an insightful portrait of the contemporary American social landscape, seen with Friedlander's unique blend of formal brilliance, elliptical wit, and acute perception. As Leslie Katz states in the afterword, 'Not since the Great Depression has a series of images shown the factory world with the clarity that this book does'."