Friday, July 22, 2011

Favorite Photography Books #3

by Lee Friedlander
Text by Maria Friedlander
This book collects Lee Friedlander's personal photos of his family starting in the early 1950s and going through 2000. While they all have the stamp of Friedlander's style they are much more intimate and subjective than the work we are accustomed to seeing. The layout of the book is by subject and somewhat chronological and is presented as if it was anyone's family album. A very complete, tender visual narrative emerges (with the help of Maria's text). We see the children growing, his wife aging, the family getting larger and all of the sharing and love that goes with it. But like any family album the questions abound secrets are kept hidden. A beautiful book by one of America's great artists.

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