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Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom: Photographs by Lee Friedlander [SIGNED]

Publisher: New York: The Eakins Press Foundation, 2015
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780871300713
Condition: New / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 112292



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First edition, first printing. Signed in ink by Friedlander. Hardcover. Full red cloth-covered boards, with offset reproduction mounted on the front cover; title stamped in black and gold on cover and spine; no dust jacket as issued. Photographs by Friedlander. Contributions by Martin Luther King, Jr., A. Philip Randolph and Roy Wilkins. Design and typography by Katy Homans. Binding by Riverside Bindery. 88 pp., with 58 plates, plus 11 historical documents, printed by Meridian Printing, East Greenwich, Rhode Island, under the supervision of Daniel Frank, from duotone separations made by Thomas Palmer. 8-1/2 x 9 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 (from Friedlander's personal archive).


From the publisher: "On May 17, 1957, through the generosity of Bayard Rustin, Lee Friedlander was given full access to photograph the participants of the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom in Washington, D.C. This extraordinary event, organized by Mr. Rustin, as well as A. Philip Randolph, Roy Wilkins and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., brought together many of the great thinkers and leaders of the period, and was a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights Movement. Friedlander's photographs depict the famous individuals at the event--Mahalia Jackson, Ruby Dee, and Harry Belafonte among many other luminaries of the African-American community--but they also pay particular attention to the 25,000 men, women and children who gathered to give voice and energy to the ideas embattled by the movement. The 58 previously unpublished photographs are among Friedlander's earliest work. Also included in this publication is the typescript of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Give Us the Ballot" speech and additional ephemera from the march produced in facsimile."