Lee Friedlander: "I only wanted Uncle Vern standing by his new car"
June 14, 2005 11:41 AM Subscribe
Little visual miracles.
For more than forty years that most American of photographers, Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters Lee Friedlander
, has recorded modern American
urban life -- with its jumble
, and cars
, and television sets
. He likes to turn a common blunder of amateurs
-- photographing something nearby with one's back to the sun
-- into a leitmotif
. His shadow plays the role of alter ego
, sticking to the back of a woman's fur collar, clinging to a lamppost as a parade of drum majorettes passes by, reclining like a stuffed doll on a chair. Clever jigsaw puzzles, his pictures frequently reveal themselves to be laconic, austere poems
to what Friedlander
has termed "the American social landscape
',' meaning mostly ordinary places and affairs. "Friedlander," an exhibition of more than 480 photographs and 25 books
covering decades of work, runs at MoMA through Aug. 29, before traveling to Europe until 2007. More inside.