Lee Friedlander

Biography

“I suspect it is for one’s self-interest that one looks at one’s surroundings and one’s self. This search is personally born and is indeed my reason and motive for making photographs. The camera is not merely a reflecting pool and the photographs are not exactly the mirror, mirror on the wall that speaks with a twisted tongue. Witness is borne and puzzles come together at the photographic moment which is very simple and complete. The mind-finger presses the release on the silly machine and it stops time and holds what its jaws can encompass and what the light will stain. That moment when the landscape speaks to the observer.”

(Lee Friedlander, Preface to Self Portrait, 1970)


Biography

Born 1934 in Aberdeen, Washington, USA.

Lives and works in New York, USA.

Grants and Awards

2010

Lead Award Gold Medal, MONOPOL Magazin

2006

Lifetime Achievement Award, The International Center of Photography, Infinity Awards

2005

Erna and Victor Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography

2004

Doctor of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania

Doctor of Fine Arts, Yale University, Cambridge

1999

Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

French Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters

1990

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Award

1986

Edward MacDowell Medal

1981

Medal of the City of Paris, France

1980

Friends of Photography Peer Award

1977 – 1980

National Endowment for the Arts Grant

1977

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship

Mellon Chair, Rice University

1972

National Endowment for the Arts Grant

1970

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship

1960

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2023

Lee Miller in Print, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Surrealist, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Bulleen, Australia

A Photographer Between War and Glamour, Bucerius Kunst Forum, Hamburg, Germany

Joel Coen: Lee Friedlander Framed, Luhring Augustine, Chelsea, New York, USA

Lee Friedlander Framed by Joel Coen, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA

2022

Lee Miller: Photographer, icon, surrealist ,Black Diamond, Royal Danish Library ,Copenhagen, Denmark

Lee Friedlander. Retrospective, Domus Artium 2022, Salamanca Spain

Lee Friedlander. Retrospective, Fundación MAPFRE, Barcelona Spain

2021

Lee Friedlander. Retrospective, C/O Berlin, Berlin, Germany

2020

Lee Friedlander. Retrospective, Fundación MAPFRE, Madrid, Spain

2018 – 2019

Lee Friedlander: Maria, Deborah Bell Photographs, New York, USA

2018

Lee Friedlander in Louisiana, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Lee Friedlander: American Musicians, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Let Us March On: Lee Friedlander and the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom, Boston University Art Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

2023

Lee Miller in Print ,Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen ,Rotterdam, Netherlands

Surrealist ,Heide Museum of Modern Art ,Bulleen, Australia

A Photographer Between War and Glamour ,Bucerius Kunst Forum ,Hamburg, Germany

2022

Lee Miller: Photographer, icon, surrealist ,Black Diamond, Royal Danish Library ,Copenhagen, Denmark

2021

Lee Friedlander. Retrospective, C/O Berlin, Berlin, Germany

2020

Lee Friedlander. Retrospective, Fundación MAPFRE, Madrid, Spain

2017

Lee Friedlander. At Work, FOTO/INDUSTRIA Biennial, Fondazione Del Monte, Bologna, Italy

Let Us March On: Lee Friedlander and the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut

2016

Lee Friedlander. Street – The Human Clay, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany

Lee Friedlander. Western Landscapes, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, California

2014

Lee Friedlander. Self and Family, Fondation A Stichting, Brussels, Belgium

2013

Lee Friedlander. The Cray Photographs, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Stanford, California

Lee Friedlander. America by Car, Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2012

Lee Friedlander. Mannequin, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, California

Lee Friedlander. America by Car, House of Photography, Moscow, Russia (travelling exhibition)

Lee Friedlander. Cars and The New Cars, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, New Jersey

2011

Lee Friedlander. Cars, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany

2010 – 2011

Lee Friedlander. America by Car, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

2009

Friedlander, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio

Factory Valleys, Akron Art Museum, Akron, Ohio

2008

A Ramble in Olmsted Parks, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Friedlander, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California

Lee Friedlander / New Mexico at Andrew, Smith Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2007

Lee Friedlander, Fundacio La Caixa, Barcelona, Spain

Making the Ordinary Extraordinary: Books and Photographs by Lee Friedlander, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

Die Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne, Germany

Preus Fotomuseum, Horten, Norway

2006

Friedlander, Jeu de Paume, Paris, Frane

Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany

Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark

Fotografins Hus, Stockholm, Sweden

2005

Friedlander, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Hasselblad Center, Goteborg, Sweden

2003

Musée de L’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland

Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’Art Contemporain, Luxembourg

The Sheldon Art Galleries, St. Louis, Montana

Die Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne, Germany

2002

Lee Friedlander, Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp, Belgium

Museum of Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles, California

Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Arizona

Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany

1999

My Culture My Self, September 1999-July 2001, Ydessa Hendeles Foundation, Toronto
, Canada

1997

Center of Creative Photography, Tucson, Arizona

1994

Museum of Modern Art, New York

The Bath House, Yokohama, Japan

1993

Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, Canada

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts

1991

Museum of Modern Art, New York

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California

1989

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington

1987

Seibu Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan

1986

Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany

Memphis-Brooks Museum, Memphis, Tennessee

1985

Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel

1983

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California

1982

Akron Art Museum, Akron, Ohio

1981

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts

California Museum of Photography, Riverside, California

1979

Center For Creative Photography, Tucson, Arizona

1978

Hudson River Museum, New York

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

1977

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

1976

Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland

The Photographers’ Gallery, London, UK

Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.

1974

Museum of Modern Art, New York

1972

Museum of Modern Art, New York

1963

George Eastman House, Rochester, New York

Selected Group Exhibitions

2024

Place, Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA

Picture Windows: Photographs From The Collection, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Virginia, USA

A SHOW OF AFFECTION – COLLECTION CONSTELLATION 1, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland

2023 – 2024

Les Belles de Nuit, Forum für Fotografir, Cologne, Germany

Cities Are For People: Street Photography, 1945-1970, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Missouri, USA

This Is Me, This Is You. The Eva Felten Photography Collection, Museum Brandhorst, Munich, Germany

2023

People Watching: Contemporary Photography Since 1965, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Maine, USA

What Are Words Worth?, McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco, California, USA

60 Years of Collecting: An anniversary exhibition celebrating the UMCA Permanent Art Collection, University Museum of Contemporary Art, UMass Amherst, Massachusetts, USA

Snow Show, Hall Art Foundation, Schloss Derneburg Museum, Hildesheim, Germany

Influence and Identity. Twentieth Century Portrait Photography from the Bank of America Collection, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland

2022 – 2024

Mix & Match. Rediscovering The Collection, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany

2022 – 2023

Highlights from the Photography Collection, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Missouri, USA

Eine Fotografische Hommage, Forum für Photografie, Cologne, Germany

Nicola Erni: A Personal View on High Fashion & Street Style, Norton Museum of Art, Florida, USA

Omnipresent: Photographs From The MAM Collection, Missoula Art Museum, Montana, USA

MOMAT Collection, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan

New York: 1962 – 1964, The Jewish Museum New York, New York, USA

2022

Fort he Record: Photography & the Art oft he Album Cover, The Photographer’s Gallery, London, UK

Sculpting Reality. El estilo documental, Circulo De Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain

TOP Collection: The Illumination of Life by Death, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Japan

New York: 1962-1964, The Jewish Museum New York, USA

Sculpting Reality. The Documentary Style In The Per Amor A L’art Collection, Bombas Gens Centre D’Art, Valencia, Spain

Double Elephant/ Rodeo Drive, Bombas Gens Centre D’Art, Valencia, Spain

Resonances. Fundación MAPFRE Collections, KBr Photography Center, Barcelona, Spain

Sculpting Reality. Per Amor a l’Art Collection, PhotoEspaña 2022, Círculo de Bellas Artes & Casa de América, Madrid, Spain

2021

American Photography, Albertina, Vienna, Austria

Civilization: The Way We Live, Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée, Marseille, France

2020

BOOKS An exhibition of books about art and art about books, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany

2019

Don’t! Photography and the Art of Mistakes, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA

Shape of Light: Defining Photographs from the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie, New York

Fuzzy Dark Spot, Video Art from Hamburg, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany

Civilization: The Way We Live, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

2018

Civilization: The Way We Live, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea

No Time, McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco, California

The Flâneur. From Impressionism to the Present, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany

Streetwise, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany

Do­ing the Doc­u­ment. Pho­to­graphs from Diane Ar­bus to Pi­et Zwart. The Barten­bach Do­na­tion, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany

[SPACE] Street. Life. Photography. Seven Decades of Street Photography, Triennial of Photography, House of Photography, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany

The Beauty of Lines. Masterpieces from the Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla collection, Musée de l’Elysée Lausanne, Switzerland

2017

The American Dream – American Realism 1945-2017, Kunsthalle Emden, Germany and Drents Museum, Assen, Netherlands

Autophoto, Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris, France

2015

Proof: Photographs from the Collection, Akron Art Museum, Akron, Ohio

America Is Hard to See, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Digital Conditions, Kunstverein Hannover, Hanover, Germany

Lee Friedlander. Photographs & Pierre Bonnard. Drawings, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York

2014

Double Elephant 1973-74: Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Walker Evans, Lee Friedlander, Garry Winogrand, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany

Lee Friedlander. Photographs & Pierre Bonnard. Drawings, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany

Jazz Lives: The Photographs of Lee Friedlander and Milt Hinton, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut

Augen Auf! 100 Jahre Leica Fotografie, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

Now You See It: Photography and Concealment, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Artificial Light: Flash Photography in the 20th Century, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Rush And Calm. Moments In The City, Fotomuseum Den Haag, The Hague, Netherlands

Road Trip, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France

American Scene Photography: Martin Z. Margulies Collection, Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

2013

Mémoires Vives 1984-2014 : 30 ans pour l’art contemporain, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, France

Out [o] Fashion Photography: Embracing Beauty, University of Washington, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington

American Street – Seventy Years of a Photographic Tradition, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia

30x: Three Decades, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, California

Von Beckmann bis Warhol. Die Sammlung Bayer, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany

2012

True Stories, Amerikanische Fotografie aus der Sammlung Moderne Kunst, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany

Der Mensch und seine Objekte, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany

2011 – 2012

Picturing The Artist, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington

Photography Calling!, Sprengel Museum, Hanover, Germany

2011

Deichtorhallen, Sammlung Falckenberg, Phoenix Hallen, Hamburg, Germany

Hyper Real – Kunst und Amerika um 1970, Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany (travelling exhibition)

EXPOSED – Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera since 1870, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

2010 – 2011

Hyper Real – Kunst und Amerika um 1970, MUMOK, Vienna, Austria (travelling exhibition)

2010

Summer Loves, Huis Marseille, Museum voor Fotografie, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Picturing New York: Photographs from the Museum of Modern Art, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland

Masters of Photography, Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerpen, Belgium

Surface Tension: Contemporary Photographs from the Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

2009

Eugène Atget & Lee Friedlander. Parks and Trees, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany

2006

Tunnel Vision, Fotomuseum Provincie Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium

2005

Garry Winogrand and the Street Photographers (Mitch Epstein, Lee Friedlander, Joel Meyerowitz, Henry Wessel), Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands and Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg, Germany

2003

The Eye Club, San Francisco, California

2001

A City Seen, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio

Last Great Places, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

2000

The New Frontier: Art and Television, 1960-65, Austin Museum of Art, Austin, Texas and Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, Washington

Le Desert, Cartier Foundation, Paris, France

1994

1994 One Hundred Years of Street Photography, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio

1993

In Camera, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, New Mexico

1988

Three on Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts

1978

Mirrors and Windows: American Photography since 1960, Museum of Modern Art, New York

1967

Twelve Photographers Toward a Social Landscape, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts

New Documents (with Diane Arbus and Garry Winogrand), Museum of Modern Art, New York

1966

Toward a Social Landscape, George Eastman House, Rochester, New York

1964

The Photographer’s Eye, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Selected Bibliography

2016

Lee Friedlander. Street: The Human Clay, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

2015

Lee Friedlander. Photographs & Pierre Bonnard. Drawings, exh. cat., Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Steidl Publishers, Göttingen, Germany

Lee Friedlander. Dressing Up, Yale University Press, New Haven, Connecticut

Lee Friedlander. The Human Clay: Portraits, Yale University Press, New Haven, Connecticut

Lee Friedlander. The Human Clay: Children, Yale University Press, New Haven, Connecticut

2014

Lee Friedlander. Family in the Picture, 1958-2013, Yale University Press, New Haven, Connecticut

Lee Friedlander. Playing for the Benefit of the Band: New Orleans Music Culture, Yale University Press, New Haven, Connecticut

Lee Friedlander. The Printed Picture, Pratt Institute, New York

2013

Lee Friedlander. JFK: A Photographic Memoir, Yale University Press, New Haven, Connecticut

Lee Friedlander. The Nudes: A Second Look, D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, New York

2012

Lee Friedlander. Mannequin, New York

Lee Friedlander. True Stories, exh. cat., Munich, Germany

2011

Lee Friedlander. The New Cars 1964

Lee Friedlander. In the Picture: Self-Portraits, 1985 – 2011, New Haven, Connecticut

2010

America by Car. Lee Friedlander, New York

2009

Lee Friedlander. Witness # 6, Nazraeli Press

2008

Eugène Atget & Lee Friedlander. Parks and Trees, exh. cat., Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany

Lee Friedlander / New Mexico, Andrew Smith Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2007

Friedlander, Lee. Photographs: Landscapes, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

2006

Lee Friedlander. Cherry Blossom Time in Japan, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, California

2005

Friedlander, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Lee Friedlander. Apples and Olives, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, California

2004

Lee Friedlander. Sticks and Stones, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco and DAP, New York

Lee Friedlander. Family, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco and DAP, New York

2003

Lee Friedlander. Stems, DAP, New York

Staglieno, Nazraeli Press, Portland

2002

Lee Friedlander. At Work, DAP, New York

2001

Lee Friedlander. The Little Screens, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

Lee Friedlander, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

1999

Lee Friedlander. American Musicians, DAP, New York

1998

Lee Friedlander. Self Portrait, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco and DAP, New York

1996

Lee Friedlander. Desert Seen, DAP, New York

1993

Lee Friedlander. Letters from the People. DAP, New York

1992

Lee Friedlander. The Jazz People of New Orleans. Pantheon, New York

Lee Friedlander. Maria, Smithsonian Press, Massachusetts

1991

Lee Friedlander. Nudes, Pantheon, New York

1989

Like a One-Eyed Cat: Photographs by Lee Friedlander 1956-1987, Abrams & Seattle Art Museum, New York

1987

Cray at Chippewa Falls. Cray Research, Minnesota

1986

Cherry Blossom Time in Japan. Haywire Press, New York

Lee Friedlander. Portraits. Graphic Society, New York

1982

Lee Friedlander. Factory Valleys. Haywire Press, New York

1981

Lee Friedlander. Flowers and Trees. Haywire Press, New York

1978

Lee Friedlander. Photographs. Haywire Press, New York

Lee Friedlander. The American Monument. Eakins Press, New York

1970

Lee Friedlander. Self-Portrait. Haywire Press, New York

1969

Work from the Same House (in conjunction with Jim Dine), Trigram Press, London, UK

Public Collections

The Contemporary Austin, Austin, Texas

Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Memphis

MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Fralin Museum of Art, University of Virginia Art Museums, Charlottesville, Virginia

The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio

Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, Florida

Samek Art Museum, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California

Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire

Museum of Modern Art, New York

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie, New York

Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California

Wittliff Gallery of Southwestern & Mexican Photography, San Marcos, Texas

Marywood University Art Gallery, Scranton, Pennsylvania

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington

Center for Creative Photography – University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Queensland

National Gallery of Canada, Musée des beaux-arts du Canada, Ottawa, Canada

Musée d’Unterlinden, Colmar

FRAC – Nord-Pas de Calais, Dunkerque, France

FRAC Lorraine, Metz, France

Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, France

Fondation Francès, Senlis, France

Institut d’art contemporain Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes, Villeurbanne, France

SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne, Germany

Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany

The Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm, Germany

Yokohama Museum of Art, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Japan

National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan

Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington

Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland

KMS Fine Art Group, Baar, Switzerland

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