20 libri, da avere, di fotografie su New York

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Invisible City (Inglese) Copertina rigida – 29 dic 2014
di Ken Schles
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L’anima di New York Le immagini più evocative della città che non dorme mai Ripercorrete l’epica storia di New York attraverso centinaia di fotografie emozionanti che ci mostrano i tanti volti di questa magica città dalla metà dell’Ottocento a oggi. Seguitene le mutevoli sorti dalle folli notti degli anni d’oro del jazz all’edonismo delle discoteche, dai tetri giorni della Depressione alle devastazioni dell’11 settembre e dei giorni che seguirono. Questa meravigliosa collezione di immagini rende omaggio all’architettura, all’energia e al patrimonio civile, sociale e fotografico della metropoli. Dal Brooklyn Bridge agli immigrati che sbarcavano a Ellis Island, dai bassifondi del Lower East Side ai magnificenti grattacieli art déco, le strade, i marciapiedi, il caos, l’energia, il crogiuolo di etnie, la cultura, la moda, l’architettura, la rabbia e la complessità della Grande Mela sono tutte rappresentate nella forza del loro spirito e delle loro contraddizioni. Oltre a centinaia di scatti firmati da fotografi del calibro di Alfred Stieglitz, Berenice Abbott, Weegee, Margaret Bourke-White, William Claxton, Ralph Gibson, Ryan McGinley, Steve Schapiro, Garry Winogrand, Larry Fink, Keizo Kitajima, e tanti altri, New York: Portrait of a City offre oltre un centinaio di citazioni e riferimenti provenienti da libri, film, spettacoli di vario tipo e canzoni.

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In My Taxi: New York After Hours by Ryan Weideman (1991-10-02)
di Ryan Weideman (Autore)
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Max Kozloff (Autore), Ed Grazda (a cura di), William Klein (Fotografo)
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Keizo Kitajima spent six months in New York roaming it’s gritty streets and hanging out in its clubs. He presents a vison of eighties New York, full of energy, decadence and moments of quiet desperation. Like the city the publication is full of stark juxtapositions, flaboyant dispays of outrageous behaviour live next to pictures of desolation and dejection.
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[(Naked City )] [Author: Weegee] Mar-2003 Copertina flessibile – 1 mar 2003
di Weegee  
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Cecil Beaton’s New York Hardcover – 1938
by Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton (Author)
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Harlem Stirs – 128 pages, softbound with slight edgewear and light soiling from handling to covers. text block is clean tight and bright. Wonderful black and white photos throughout. the pictures and words presents the horror of Harlem in the 1960’s. A vivid story of this powerful, tangled and much maligned region of New York City, leading to the changes and upheaval in the 1960’s. ~ Rasism, Social, Black America, Urban Blight
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Written in English and Swedish. The title is in reference to a street sign indicating traffic directions. Black and white images of “traces of life” in New York. The kind of thing you’d see when walking around, if you had your eyes open to it, Found objects, storefronts, signs, graffiti, abandoned/lost items, trash, anything that caught artist Enke Rothman’s interest. Photos by Tana Ross.
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Based on the blog with more than four million loyal fans, a beautiful, heartfelt, funny, and inspiring collection of photographs and stories capturing the spirit of a city
Now an instant #1 New York Times bestseller, Humans of New York began in the summer of 2010, when photographer Brandon Stanton set out to create a photographic census of New York City. Armed with his camera, he began crisscrossing the city, covering thousands of miles on foot, all in an attempt to capture New Yorkers and their stories. The result of these efforts was a vibrant blog he called “Humans of New York,” in which his photos were featured alongside quotes and anecdotes.
The blog has steadily grown, now boasting millions of devoted followers. Humans of New York is the book inspired by the blog. With four hundred color photos, including exclusive portraits and all-new stories, Humans of New York is a stunning collection of images that showcases the outsized personalities of New York.
Surprising and moving, printed in a beautiful full-color, hardbound edition, Humans of New York is a celebration of individuality and a tribute to the spirit of the city.
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I See a City: Todd Webb’s New York focuses on the work of photographer Todd Webb produced in New York City in the 1940s and 1950s. Webb photographed the city day and night, in all seasons and in all weather. Buildings, signage, vehicles, the passing throngs, isolated figures, curious eccentrics, odd corners, windows, doorways, alleyways, squares, avenues, storefronts, uptown, and downtown, from the Brooklyn Bridge to Harlem.
The book is a rich portrait of the everyday life and architecture of New York. Webb’s work is clear, direct, focused, layered with light and shadow, and captures the soul of these places shaped by the friction and frisson of humanity.
A native of Detroit, Webb studied photography in the 1930s under the guidance of Ansel Adams at the Detroit Camera Club, served as a navy photographer during World War II, and then went on to become a successful postwar photographer. His work is in many museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the National Gallery of Art in Washington.
Published on the occasion of the exhibition Todd Webb’s New York at the Museum of the City of New York, where Webb had his first solo exhibition in 1946, this book helps restore the reputation and legacy of a forgotten American artist.
150 back-and-white illustrations
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Based on the popular New York photography blog by the same name with over 2.5 million loyal fans, this coffee table photo book takes you on a dream-infused nostalgic journey through New York City featuring an exquisite collection of photographs and prose.
Street photographers will never tire of New York as a subject. It is the perfect setting for the genre, the world’s most evocative cityscape, against which candid, memorable moments play themselves out every day.
Nearly a decade ago, Vivienne Gucwa began walking the streets of the city with the only camera she could afford a sub-$100 point-and-shoot and started taking pictures. Choosing a direction and going as far as her feet would take her, she noticed lines, forms and structures that had previously gone unnoticed but which resonated, embodying a sense of home.
Having limited equipment forced her to learn about light, composition and colour, and her burgeoning talent won her blog millions of readers and wide recognition in the photographic community.
“NY Through the Lens” is a timeless photo book which showcases the stunning results of Vivienne’s ongoing quest. Filled with spectacular photographs and illuminated by Vivienne’s poetic commentary, NY Through the Lens is a quintessential New York book as well as a beautiful travel guide to the city; it will be a must-read for her many fans and for any lover of New York photography.
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Differing from other photo books about New York, New Yorkers: As Seen by Magnum Photographersintroduces a gallery of eye-catching, untamed images of the metropolis taken by members of the renowned Magnum photo agency. Known for their spirit of independence, these photographers proffer droll, enigmatic, melancholic, enchanting, perhaps even effervescent scenes of the world’s most well known city, often combining these disparate sensibilities together, against great odds, in a single image. For these pictures to have been on target, they had to be off-kilter—as charged with contradiction and nuance as the reality of their subjects. 

The photographers in this book come from many countries and, armed with a wide range of purposes, are united only by their membership in Magnum Photos. Though best known for reportage of global wars and crises, they have created a New York archive of great magnitude documenting the last sixty years of New York’s—and Magnum’s—history. Of the more than one hundred and fifty photographs in New Yorkers, only a fraction have ever been published. 

Leafing through New Yorkers, edited by the acclaimed art critic Max Kozloff, is like walking the streets of New York City, beguiled by its implausible and mixed energies, renewed at each turn of a corner. Throughout the city’s sidewalks, bars, subways, rooftops, bridges, street corners, diners, barbershops, boardwalks, and empty lots, and inside its ball games, parks, protests, parades, society events, and myriad trade districts, these photographers have roamed freely, snapping its denizens with a realism that smarts and a wit that sparkles, featuring never-before-seen work by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Inge Morath, Elliott Erwitt, Bruce Davidson, Leonard Freed, Raymond Depardon, Eve Arnold, Dennis Stock, Ferdinando Scianna, Richard Kalvar, Burt Glinn, Eli Reed, René Burri, Susan Meiselas, and more. 

New Yorkers: As Seen by Magnum Photographers emphasizes the color work of the Magnum photographers, much of it surprisingly early, and contains an essay by Kozloff, who tackles his offbeat selection with relish.
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Danish-born Jacob A. Riis (1849–1914) found success in America as a reporter for the New York Tribune, first documenting crime and later turning his eye to housing reform. As tenement living conditions became unbearable in the wake of massive immigration, Riis and his camera captured some of the earliest, most powerful images of American urban poverty.
This important publication is the first comprehensive study and complete catalogue of Riis’s world-famous images, and places him at the forefront of early-20th-century social reform photography. It is the culmination of more than two decades of research on Riis, assembling materials from five repositories (the Riis Collection at the Museum of the City of New York, the Library of Congress, the New-York Historical Society, the New York Public Library, and the Museum of South West Jutland, Denmark) as well as previously unpublished photographs and notes. In this handsome volume, Bonnie Yochelson proposes a novel thesis—that Riis was a radical publicist who utilized photographs to enhance his arguments, but had no great skill or ambition as a photographer. She also provides important context for understanding how Riis’s work would be viewed in turn-of-the-century New York, whether presented in lantern slide lectures or newspapers.
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Presents a thorough study of the artist’s candid photographs of urban life in New York City, and the connection between his painting and his photography.
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Nearly 100 classic images by noted photographer: Rockefeller Center on the rise, Bowery restaurants, dramatic views of the City’s bridges, Washington Square, old movie houses, rows of old tenements laced with laundry, Wall Street, Flatiron Building, waterfront, and many other landmarks.

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A re-release of an acclaimed volume features definitive images of 1930s New York, in a deluxe edition that features more than three hundred duotones as taken with the support of the WPA’s Federal Art Project documenting Depression-era changes throughout the city. Reissue.
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Timing, skill, and talent all play an important role in creating a great photograph, but the most primary element, the photographer’s eye, is perhaps the most crucial. In The Eyes of the City, Richard Sandler showcases decades’ worth of work, proving his eye for street life rivals any of his generation.

From 1977 to just weeks before September 11, 2001, Richard regularly walked through the streets of Boston and New York, making incisive and humorous pictures that read the pulse of that time. After serendipitously being gifted a Leica camera in 1977, Sandler shot in Boston for three productive years
and then moved back home to photograph in an edgy, dangerous, colicky New York City.

In the 1980s crime and crack were on the rise and their effects were socially devastating. Times Square, Harlem, and the East Village were seeded with hard drugs, while in Midtown Manhattan, and on Wall Street, the rich flaunted their furs in unprecedented numbers, and “greed was good.”

In the 1990s the city underwent drastic changes to lure in tourists and corporations, the result of which was rapid gentrification. Rents were raised and neighborhoods were sanitized, clearing them of both crime and character. Throughout these turbulent and creative years Sandler paced the streets with his native New Yorker’s eye for compassion, irony, and unvarnished fact.

The results are presented in The Eyes of the City, many for the first time in print. Overtly, they capture a complex time when beauty mixed with decay, yet below the picture surface, they hint at unrecognized ghosts in the American psyche.
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New York at Night: Photography after Dark, showcases images of New York City’s legendary nightlife by the leading photographers of the 20th and 21st centuries, from Joseph Byron and James Van Der Zee to Henri Cartier-Bresson, Diane Arbus, Elliott Erwitt, Larry Fink, and more. As diverse and complicated as the city itself, New York’s nightlife is glamorous and grungy, lonely and dangerous, highbrow and lowbrow. These images are complimented by writing from some of New York’s most respected contemporary authors, adding depth, context, and personal stories of their own experiences to those presented by the photographers. This engaging book captures the energy of the New York night and the city’s evolving hotspots, building a history of how New Yorkers play after dark and how that helps make this city a cultural and entertainment powerhouse.

Photographers featured within the book include: Berenice Abbott, Apeda Studio, Amy Arbus, Diane Arbus, Eve Arnold, Richard Avedon, John Baeder, Frank Bauman, Guy Bourdin, Bonnie Briant, Paul Brissman, René Burri, Joseph Byron, Cornell Capa, Drew Carolan, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Bob Colacello, John Cohen, Ted Croner, Bruce Davidson, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Elliott Erwitt, Walker Evans, Louis Faurer, Donna Ferrato, Larry Fink, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Paul Fusco, Ron Galella, William Gedney, Bruce Gilden, Burt Glinn, Nan Goldin, William P. Gottlieb, Samuel H. Gottscho, Charles Harbutt, Phillip Harrington, Paul B. Haviland, Thomas Hoepker, Evelyn Hofer, Jenny Holzer, Peter Hujar, Douglas Jones, Sid Kaplan, William Klein, Stanley Kubrick, Collin LaFleche, Elliott Landy, Annie Leibovitz, Joan Liftin, Peter Lindbergh, Roxanne Lowit, Alex Majoli, Fred McDarrah, Ryan McGinley, Susan Meiselas, Lisette Model, Inge Morath, Helmut Newton, Toby Old, Paolo Pellegrin, Iriving Penn, Gilles Peress, Anton Perich, Hy Peskin, Jean Pigozzi, Sylvia Plachy, Robin Platzer, Eli Reed, Jacob Riis, Arthur Rothstein, Damien Saatdjian, Lise Sarfati, Paule Saviano, Norman Seeff, Neil Selkirk, Sam Shaw, Aaron Siskind, Dennis Stock, Erika Stone, Christopher Thomas, Peter Van Agtmael, James Van Der Zee, Weegee, and Garry Winogrand.
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Brooklyn Photographs Now reflects the avant-garde spirit of the city’s hippest borough, containing previously unpublished work by well-known and emerging contemporary artists. The book presents 250 images by more than seventy-five established and new artists, including Mark Seliger, Jamel Shabazz, Ryan McGinley, Mathieu Bitton, and Michael Eastman, among many others. The book documents the physical and architectural landscape and reflects and explores an off-centered—and therefore a less-seen and more innovative—perspective of how artists view this borough in the twenty-first century. This is the “now” Brooklyn that we have yet to see in pictures: what might seem to be an alternative city but is actually the crux of how it visually functions in the present day. This unique collection of images is the perfect book for the photo lover and sophisticated tourist alike.

Diane Arbus, i libri da avere!

Buongiorno a tutti!

Continua la nostra selezione di libri da avere. Ecco quella dedicata a Diane Arbus.




Diane Arbus – Diane Nemerov, nasce a New York nel 1923 – sposò Allan Arbus all’età di diciotto anni. Ha iniziato a fotografare nei primi anni ’40, studiato fotografia con Berenice Abbott alla fine degli anni ’40 e con Alexey Brodovitch negli anni ’50. Furono i laboratori fotografici di Lisette Model, intorno al 1957,  ad ispirarla e convincerla seriamente a  perseguire il lavoro per il quale è diventata famosa.

Le sue prime fotografie pubblicate apparvero su Esquire nel 1960. Durante il decennio successivo, lavora per Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar e altre importanti riviste, pubblicò più di un centinaio di fotografie, inclusi ritratti e saggi fotografici, molti dei quali nati come progetti personali.

Nel 1963 e nel 1966 è stata premiata con il Guggenheim Fellowship per il suo progetto su “American Rites, Manners and Customs”. Ha viaggiato attraverso il paese, fotografando le persone, i luoghi e gli eventi che ha descritto come “le notevoli cerimonie del nostro presente”. “Questi sono i nostri monumenti”, ha scritto. “Voglio semplicemente salvarli, per quello che è cerimonioso, curioso e il luogo comune sarà leggendario.”

Un insieme selezionato di queste fotografie ha attirato molta attenzione critica e popolare quando è stato presentato, insieme al lavoro di altri fotografi, nella mostra “Nuovi documenti” del Museum of Modern Art del 1967. L’audacia del suoi soggetti e l’approccio fotografico, sono stati riconosciuti come rivoluzionari.


Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph   Editore: Aperture




Diane Arbus è un icona della fotografia moderna. Amata in tutto il mondo da una nutrita schiera di appassionati. Conosciuta non solo nell’ambito fotografico, i suoi lavori sono diffusi e riprodotti in tutti gli ambiti della ricerca artistica o politica legata al concetto di “differenza” nella società moderna. Questo libro è uno studio sull’opera della fotografa americana. Il volume è accompagnato da alcune foto originali dell’artista, stampate in bianco e nero a tutta pagina.


Della fotografia trasgressiva               Editore: Nda Press

Qui un interessante articolo apparso sul nostro blog




Diane Arbus: Untitled       Editore: SCHIRMER/MOSEL VERLAG GMBH


Una straordinaria retrospettiva sull’intera carriera di Diane Arbus, presenta moltissime immagini, alcune mai viste prima, accompagnate da un saggio sul lavoro dell’artista, una discussione sulle sue tecniche di stampa, una cronologia definitiva. Oltre trecento illustrazioni a colori, estratti inediti di lettere, quaderni e altri scritti.


Diane Arbus: Revelations   Editore: Random House




Una delle artiste più originali della fotografia, esamina le celebrità del suo tempo in una notevole collezione di ritratti. Diane Arbus Magazine Work presenta oltre cento ritratti e profili che Arbus ha scritto per accompagnare le sue foto. Diana Arbus Magazine Work rivela la crescita di un artista che non ha posto un confine tra l’arte e il lavoro retribuito, e ci è riuscita, utilizzando il proprio timbro indiscutibilmente originale.


Diane Arbus: Magazine Work     Editore: Aperture




La biografia definitiva della seducente Diane Arbus, una  delle più influenti e importanti autori del XX secolo, una raccolta brillante e coinvolgente, che collega lo straordinario arco della sua vita, alle sue iconiche fotografie.


Diane Arbus: Portrait of a Photographer      Editore: Ecco pr




Nel 1967, il Museum of Modern Art ha presentato New Documents, una mostra storica organizzata da John Szarkowski che ha riunito una selezione di opere di tre fotografi i cui risultati individuali hanno segnato il potenziale artistico del medium negli anni ’60 e oltre: Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander e Garry Winogrand. Sebbene in gran parte sconosciuti al momento, questi tre fotografi sono ormai universalmente riconosciuti come artisti di talento nella storia della fotografia. La mostra ha innescato un profondo cambiamento nel panorama della fotografia del XX secolo, e l’interesse per la mostra ha continuato a espandersi. Eppure, fino ad ora, non esisteva nessuna pubblicazione che ne catturasse il contenuto. Pubblicato in occasione del 50 ° anniversario della mostra, Arbus Friedlander Winogrand presenta riproduzioni a piena pagina delle 94 fotografie incluse nella mostra, insieme al testo originale di Szarkowski, al comunicato stampa, alle viste dell’installazione e materiale d’archivio.


Arbus Friedlander Winogrand: New Documents, 1967      Editore: Museum of Modern Art

Lee Friedlander, che autore!


Oggi vi presento un altro grande interprete della fotografia statunitense, famoso soprattutto per aver rappresentato nelle sue immagini il paesaggio sociale americano e la strada.

Spero vi piaccia.



Lee Friedlander (Aberdeen, 14 luglio 1934) è un fotografo statunitense.

Friedlander ha studiato fotografia presso l’Art Center College of Design di Pasadena, in California. Nel 1956 si trasferisce a New York City dove ha avuto occasione di fotografare musicisti jazz, in particolare per le copertine dei loro dischi: nei suoi primi lavori è evidente l’influenza di Eugène Atget, Robert Frank e Walker Evans. Nel 1960, il Guggenheim Memorial Foundation aggiudica a Friedlander una borsa di studio, consentendogli di concentrarsi sulla sua arte e rinnovando successivamente le sovvenzioni nel 1962 e nel 1977. Alcune delle sue fotografie più famose appaiono nel numero di settembre del 1985 sulla rivista Playboy: si tratta di immagini di nudo in bianco e nero di Madonna, all’epoca studentessa e pagata 25$ per il servizio fotografico. Una delle immagini fu battuta a 37.500 $ in un’asta di Christie’s Art House.

Friedlander lavorava principalmente con Leica 35 mm e pellicola in bianco e nero, senza dedicarsi esclusivamente al ritratto: la sua fotografia è caratterizzata anche da immagini di vita urbana, riflessioni store-front, con strutture incorniciate da recinzioni e cartelli ed insegne a catturare l’aspetto della vita moderna.

Nel 1963, Friedlander espone al Museo Internazionale di Fotografia presso la George Eastman House nella sua prima mostra solista. Nel 1967 le sue fotografie compaiono nella mostra “New Documents” organizzata al Museum of Modern Art di New York insieme agli scatti di Garry Winogrand e Diane Arbus. Nel 1990, la Fondazione MacArthur gli concede una ulteriore borsa di studio.

Friedlander lavora oggi principalmente con fotocamere medio formato (ad esempio, Hasselblad Superwide). Sofferente di artrite e non autosufficiente, si è dedicato a fotografare i suoi dintorni: in questo senso, le immagini sono simili a quelli di Josef Sudek che ha anche fotografato i confini della sua casa e studio. Anche il suo libro “Stems” riflette la sua vita e le conseguenti limitazioni, ed è stato prodotto durante prima e dopo l’intervento chirurgico di sostituzione del ginocchio.

Nel 2005 il Museo d’Arte Moderna presenta una grande retrospettiva della carriera di Friedlander, tra cui quasi 400 fotografie dal 1950 ad oggi. Nello stesso anno ha ricevuto il Premio Internazionale Hasselblad. La mostra retrospettiva è stata presentata anche nel 2008 al San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA).

Fonte “Wikipedia”

Lee Friedlander (born July 14, 1934) is an American photographer and artist. In the 1960s and 1970s Friedlander evolved an influential and often imitated visual language of urban “social landscape,” with many of his photographs including fragments of store-front reflections, structures framed by fences, posters and street signs

Friedlander studied photography at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. In 1956, he moved to New York City where he photographed jazz musicians for record covers. His early work was influenced by Eugène Atget, Robert Frank, and Walker Evans. In 1960 Friedlander was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to focus on his art, and was awarded subsequent grants in 1962 and 1977. Some of his most famous photographs appeared in the September 1985 Playboy, black and white nude photographs of Madonna from the late 1970s. A student at the time, she was paid only $25 for her 1979 set. In 2009, one of the images fetched $37,500 at a Christie’s Art House auction.

Working primarily with Leica hand-held 35 mm cameras and black-and-white film, Friedlander’s style focused on the “social landscape”. His photographs used detached images of urban life, store-front reflections, structures framed by fences, and posters and signs all combining to capture the look of modern life.

In 1963, Nathan Lyons, Assistant Director and Curator of Photography at the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House mounted Friedlander’s first solo exhibition. Friedlander was then a key figure in curator John Szarkowski’s 1967 “New Documents” exhibition, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York along with Garry Winogrand and Diane Arbus. In 1973, his work was honored at the Rencontres d’Arles festival in France with the screening “Soirée américaine : Judy Dater, Jack Welpott, Jerry Uelsmann, Lee Friedlander” presented by Jean-Claude Lemagny. In 1990, the MacArthur Foundation awarded Friedlander a MacArthur Fellowship. In 2005, the Museum of Modern Art presented a major retrospective of Friedlander’s career, including nearly 400 photographs from the 1950s to the present; it was presented again in 2008 at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Whilst suffering from arthritis and housebound, he focused on photographing his surroundings. His book, Stems, reflects his life during the time of his knee replacement surgery. He has said that his “limbs” reminded him of plant stems. These images display textures which were not a feature of his earlier work. In this sense, the images are similar to those of Josef Sudek who also photographed the confines of his home and studio.

Friedlander began photographing parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted for a six-year commission from the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal beginning in 1988. After completing the commission he continued to photograph Olmsted parks, for twenty years in total. His series includes New York City’s Central Park; Brooklyn’s Prospect Park; Manhattan’s Morningside Park; World’s End in Hingham, Massachusetts; Cherokee Park in Louisville, Kentucky; and Niagara Falls State Park. On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the design for Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art held an exhibition of Friedlander’s photographs of that park and a book was published, Photographs: Frederick Law Olmsted Landscapes.

It has been claimed that Friedlander is “notoriously media shy”.

He now works primarily with medium format cameras such as the Hasselblad Superwide.

Source “Wikipedia”