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Lee Friedlander
1934, Aberdeen, Washington
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Lee Friedlander is one of the most leading figures in the documentary photography movement.
Moved to New York after studying photography at the Arte Center College of Art And Design in Los Angeles, he had the chance to meet famous photographers as Walker Evans and Robert Frank, and also emerging artists such as Garry Winogrand and Diane Arbus.
In his photopgraphs Friendlander proposed forcefully the presence of the photographer and his active and personal role in the creation of the photographic image: the figure of the artist is often shown, in form of shadows or reflections in mirrors and windows.
Friedlander’s artistic research explored deeply thre US urban and social landscape, presenting a world in which the gaze may no longer proceed in a linear faschion, nor sweep across the horizon, but must make its way through an ever more intricate jungle of signs. His black & white images have an extraordinary ability to bring order to this chaos, combining an incredible number of diverse elements on the photofraphic surface – urban, natural, architectural and human. Some of these elements (such as street lamps, the backs of the necks of passersaby, advertising billboards), hinder or break up the overall visionof the photographic space; others (shop window, car windshields, glass-fronted buildings) multiply the viewpoint of reality, hinting at a stratification of meanings which photography may both capture and decipher.
One of the most important work by Friedlander is surely The Little Screens, a series of photographs devoted to televisions, taken during the 1960s. Shot in motel rooms or domestic sitting rooms, the TVs transmit images within desolate, anonymous environments, in which the only human presence is that of the politicians, stars, babiers, criminals or ordinary people bursting forth from the sets. The Little Screens bears witness to an epic shift in American society; the estabilishment of the all-enveloping power of the media. Just like other research series by Friedlander, it is based on his ironic gaze, free of formal conventions, which ushered in a profound sense of innovation to documentary language.

Lands of Men

Palazzo Gromo Losa, Biella

27 ottobre 2017 - 7 gennaio 2018

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10 years old

2007-2017: a history of the world told through the images of the Fondazione Cassa di risparmio di Modena Collection

March 11 - April 30, 2017

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Flags of America

CIAC, Foligno

19 marzo - 10 luglio 2016

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Destini/Storie/Vite

Photographs from the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena Collection at CAMeC, La Spezia

July 11th - August 31th 2014

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Flags of America

The major American authors of 1940s/1970s

15th December | 7th April 2013

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Lee Friedlander

Atlanta, 1962
gelatin silver print
31 x 47 cm
© Lee Friedlander, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

Lee Friedlander

Galax, 1962
gelatin silver print
31 x 47 cm
© Lee Friedlander, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

Lee Friedlander

St. Petersburg, Florida, 1974
gelatin silver print
19 x 28,5 cm
© Lee Friedlander, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

Lee Friedlander

Aloha, Washington, 1967
gelatin silver print
31 x 47 cm
© Lee Friedlander, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco