We recently discussed the work of Lee Friedlander at the Miami Street Photography Club. I really like Friedlander’s photographs specially his use of reflections on windows .This post has some of my favorite Lee Friedlander’s shots.
“I only wanted Uncle Vernon standing by his own car (a Hudson) on a clear day, I got him and the car. I also got a bit of Aunt Mary’s laundry and Beau Jack, the dog, peeing on the fence, and a row of potted tuberous begonias on the porch and 78 trees and a million pebbles in the driveway and more. It’s a generous medium, photography.” – Lee Friedlander
Born in 1934, Friedlander was known for taking pictures of the social landscape. He also took pictures of many other things from nudes to monuments. But the three things that sort of define his style for most of his career are:
1-Reflections: Friedlander loved to take pictures of people reflecting in the windows of street stores or viewed through the window. He loved the play of images superimposing each other.
2-Frames: He also frequently shot using the car’s windows as a frame within the frame. He also used windshields and rear view mirrors for the same purpose.
3-Shadows of himself: this was almost his signature. He loved to include a shadow of himself into the image and make it part of the story. Sometimes he would include a full reflection of himself in the image.
“…a mysterious intersection of chance and attention that goes well beyond the existential surrealism of the “decisive moment”. -Lee Friedlander
My favorite Friedlander quote is: “You don’t have to go looking for pictures. The material is generous. You go out and the pictures are staring at you”.
I agree. That’s why I go out for a walk.