Publisher: New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2005
Edition: 3rd Edition
Condition: New / New
Item #: 111996
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1970/2005. Third edition (revised edition, originally published in 1970 by Haywire Press), first printing. Signed in black ink on the title page by Friedlander. Hardcover. Full black cloth-covered boards, with title debased on cover and stamped in silver on spine, with photographically illustrated dust jacket. Photographs and text (original preface written in February 1970 and revised preface written July 1997 for the second edition) by Friedlander. Afterword by John Szarkowski. Original design by Friedlander and Marvin Israel, adapted for this edition by Amanda Washburn. Unpaginated (104 pp.) with 46 plates (including four plates added for the second edition), and 3 additional plates, including a portrait of John Szarkowski and Richard Benson made in 1997 by Friedlander, printed on 150 gsm Parilux Silk paper, and bound, by Meridian Printing, East Greenwich, Rhode Island, from duotone separations made by Richard Benson. 9-5/8 x 10-1/2 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.
From MOMA: "Originally published in 1970, this remarkable book was redesigned and reprinted in 1998 in a larger format and with a new afterword by John Szarkowski. Now, on the occasion of Friedlander's retrospective at MoMA, the Museum is reissuing the book in its original design, but in the larger format and including the afterword. In Self Portrait, Friedlander focuses on his own physical presence, even if it is sometimes signaled only by his shadow. The result is a rich and surprising landscape of the artist's life and mind."