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Lee Friedlander: Friedlander First Fifty, Special Limited Edition with Gelatin Silver Print [SIGNED]

Publisher: Brooklyn, New York: SPQR Editions and Haywire Press, 2019
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781576879528
Condition: New / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 113715



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This special edition, comprised of a signed copy of "Friedlander First Fifty" and an original gelatin silver print of the cover image, is limited to fifty copies. The image size of the print is 5 x 7-3/8 inches. Each print is signed on verso by Friedlander. The print is housed in a blue cloth-covered folio alongside a signed copy of the book within a blue cloth-covered slipcase with "FFF" stamped in gold on the front.

About the Book: First edition, first printing. Signed by Friedlander on the title page. Hardcover. White photographically-illustrated laminated paper-covered boards; no dust jacket as issued. Photographs by Lee Friedlander. Introduction by Giancarlo T. Roma. Designed by Anna Roma and Marvin Hoshino. Includes an index of photographs and list of titles. 176 pp., with duotone plates throughout. Printed by Industria Grafica Si.Z., Verona, Italy. 8-3/4 x 9-1/4 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 in publisher's packaging (opened for signature).


From the publisher: "Containing the largest collection of renowned American photographer Lee Friedlander’s own quotes ever published, Friedlander First Fifty offers a behind-the-scenes look at the photographer’s diverse oeuvre that contextualizes and brings new life to the work, for everyone from the casual art appreciator to the most ardent Friedlander fan.

Over a career spanning seven decades, Friedlander has produced an unrivaled photographic output documenting seemingly every aspect of the American “social landscape” (a term Friedlander coined), with a specific focus on creating books. “Books are my medium,” Friedlander has been quoted as saying.

Friedlander First Fifty provides an inside look at Friedlander’s first fifty books, featuring extensive commentary directly from Friedlander on his own work. The book contains photographs from each of the first fifty books, as well as descriptions, publication information, and most notably, interviews with Friedlander and his wife, Maria, conducted by Friedlander’s grandson, Giancarlo, and daughter, Anna, who co-published the book. The result is the most personal and candid look at Friedlander’s life and career to date, as told by the artist to his own family.

Published over a fifty-year period, from 1969-2018, the first fifty books describe the entirety of subject matter—from jazz musicians to factory workers to monuments to television screens—and genres—from self-portraits to street photographs to nudes to landscapes—for which Friedlander is known."