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Lee Friedlander: The Human Clay (Complete 5-Volume Set: Portraits; Children; Street; Parties; Workers) [All Volumes SIGNED]

Publisher: New Haven, Connecticut and Göttingen, Germany: Yale University Art Gallery and Steidl Verlag, 2015-2022
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780300215205
Condition: New / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 112821



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2015 to 2022. All first editions, first printings. All five volumes are signed in black ink on the half-title page by Friedlander and share the following format: Hardcover. Photographically illustrated laminated paper-covered boards; no dust jacket as issued. Photographs by Lee Friedlander. Design by Katy Homans. 9-5/8 x 11 inches.

Volume 1: Portraits (Yale University Art Gallery, 2015). 224 pp., with 234 black-and-white reproductions, from duotone separations by Thomas Palmer. ISBN: 9780300215205.

Volume 2: Children (Yale University Art Gallery, 2015). 214 pp., with 202 black-and-white reproductions, from duotone separations by Thomas Palmer. ISBN: 9780300215199.

Volume 3: Street. (Yale University Art Gallery, 2016). 216 pp., with 206 black-and-white reproductions, from duotone separations by Thomas Palmer. ISBN: 9780300221770.

Volume 4: Parties (Yale University Art Gallery, 2017). 188 pp., with 172 black-and-white reproductions, from duotone separations by Thomas Palmer. ISBN: 9780300221787.

Volume 5: Workers (Steidl Verlag, 2022). 196 pp., with 253 black-and-white reproductions, from tritone separations by Thomas Palmer and Steidl image department. ISBN: 9783958295001.

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). All titles in Mint condition.


From the publisher (Series): "American photographer Lee Friedlander (b. 1934) has had an expansive career, photographing his subjects--from family and friends to political figures and celebrities--in their everyday environments, while simultaneously changing the very landscape of his chosen media. The Human Clay is a new series of six publications to be released over three years, each of which focuses on images of people and features hundreds of photographs, many never before published, chosen and sequenced by the artist himself from his vast archive."

From the publisher ("Portraits"): "Portraits presents over 300 photographs of the musicians, authors, artists, and more that Friedlander has met over the last four decades. Many of the images show prominent figures, including artists Maya Lin and Walker Evans, in private spaces-unguarded in living rooms and kitchens, captured in conversation or an embrace. In others, celebrities such as Fats Domino and Derek Jeter are surrounded by the trappings of fame."

From the publisher ("Children"): "In Children, 200 photographs are presented in two sections. The first features images of children that the artist has known: being bathed or fed, laughing or crying with family members, posing with pets or mugging for the camera. The second section presents works from Friedlander’s years of photographing people on the street: children in parades, sitting in cars, or reflected in storefront windows. Taken together, these images offer a picture of America's youth through the eyes of one of the most renowned photographers of his generation."

From the publisher ("Street"): "This latest volume in the series compiles some of Friedlander’s street photography taken over the course of more than 50 years--including images of Atlanta, Buffalo, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, and San Francisco, as well as more than 100 photographs of New York City."

From the publisher ("Parties"): "Lee Friedlander (b. 1934) is known for his candid portraits of people in their everyday environments. This volume in his Human Clay series of books highlights a lively collection of Friedlander's photographs of celebrations--both public and private. From intimate gatherings to boisterous street parades, costume parties to black-tie affairs, Friedlander captures the spirit of these events and the ways in which they are commemorated. He documents surprisingly intimate moments--couples stealing a kiss, friends engaged in spirited conversation or laughing over drinks, guests lost in music on the dance floor. The images also feature a number of celebrities, including actors Ingrid Bergman and Sidney Poitier, enjoying the revelry at galas and parties, such as one at the famous Sardi's restaurant in New York."

From the publisher ("Workers"): "In the capstone volume of his epic series "The Human Clay," Lee Friedlander has created an ode to people who work. Drawn from his incomparable archive are photographs of individuals laboring on the street and on stage, as well as in the field, in factories and in fluorescent-lit offices. Performers, salespeople and athletes alike are observed both in action and at rest by Friedlander's uncanny eye. Opera singers are caught mid-aria, models primp backstage, mechanics tinker and telemarketers hustle. Spanning six decades, this humanizing compilation features over 250 photographs, many appearing here for the first time in print."