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Lee Friedlander: Staglieno (Special Limited Edition Portfolio of 15 Photogravure Prints)

Publisher: New York: LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies at the School of the Arts at Columbia University, 2003
Binding: Boxed Set
Condition: As New / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 112044



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Portfolio special limited edition of 25 copies, plus 8 artist's proofs, with fifteen loose photogravures, housed in a red velvet-covered portfolio case. 15 photogravures, printed by Lothar Osterburg with the assistance of students at the School of the Arts at Columbia University. Each titled "Staglieno Cemetery, Genoa, Italy." Each 1993. Images: 19-1/8 x 19 inches; sheets: 23-5/8 x 22-1/4 inches. Each signed and numbered in pencil on recto beneath image. Image sizes range from 9-7/16 to 10-7/8 inches in the short dimension and from 11-1/16 to 15 inches in the long dimension, whether horizontal or vertical. Each signed and titled in pencil on verso. Case measures 25-13/16 x 23-11/16 x 1-5/8 inches. [See: Peter Galassi, Friedlander. (New York: MoMA, 2005), "Books, Special Editions, and Portfolios" (pp. 444-459), #42.]

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.


As New (from Friedlander's personal archive).


From Nazraeli Press: "The Staglieno cemetery near Genoa was created in the 19th century. It is home not only to those whose bones lie buried beneath, but also to the splendidly ornate display of sculptures erected in their memory. Carved from inanimate lumps of stone, these memorials have become more than the monumental tributes they were originally commissioned to be. Now feathered with a gentle coat of dust, each appears to have taken on a life of its own and out of the melancholy of death comes the comforting notion of a presence that will remain. This series of photographs by the inestimable Lee Friedlander will certainly delight with its beauty; it may also surprise with its warmth, and its sense of immortality."