In the Picture: Self-Portraits, 1958-2011

Overview

Lee Friedlander (b. 1934) has been tackling the challenge of self-portraiture throughout his prolific career. What began as an unorthodox investigation of the genre has become a masterful engagement spanning five decades. In this extraordinary compilation, which includes hundreds of previously unpublished pictures, we follow the famous photographer through the years as his personal and creative lives unfold and intertwine.

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Overview

Lee Friedlander (b. 1934) has been tackling the challenge of self-portraiture throughout his prolific career. What began as an unorthodox investigation of the genre has become a masterful engagement spanning five decades. In this extraordinary compilation, which includes hundreds of previously unpublished pictures, we follow the famous photographer through the years as his personal and creative lives unfold and intertwine.

Produced to the highest production standards and featuring over 400 duotone images—from his first self-portraits, taken with cable release in hand, to recent images of the photographer with his family and extended network of friends—In the Picture explores Friedlander’s various guises throughout a rich and colorful life.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times - Top Ten Photo Books

“Through decades of keen observations of the American cultural landscape, Friedlander has been methodically, relentlessly and endearingly documenting himself. In the Picture . . . celebrates the pleasures of looking back at a life well seen.”—New York Times, Top Ten Photo Books of 2011
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Throughout his long career as a photographer and artist, Friedlander has produced five books of self-portraits. What makes this latest (and, one hopes, not last) volume of self-portraiture exceptional is its inclusion of five decades of work and many never-before-seen images. The pictures are arranged chronologically, and together they become a kind of de facto visual biography of the artist. Readers see Friedlander, his family, his friends, and his travels over the span of decades. The book is a wonderful record, too, of changes in artistic style—how Friedlander honed techniques over the years. He often photographs his shadow falling in front of his lens, consistently finding ways to situate it in wry and dynamic interplay with other elements in the frame or against a rough landscape, such as a desert floor, which gives it texture and depth. Photographing his reflection in mirrors or windows, he makes his own visage one small part of a complex arrangement of overlapping reflections, surfaces, and lines. VERDICT An excellent choice for photographers who wish to explore techniques of self-portraiture and readers interested in learning more about this great American photographer.—Michael Dashkin, New York
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300177299
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/2011
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 512,484
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Lee Friedlander is a photographer based in New York City. Richard Benson is a photographer and former dean of the Yale University School of Art.
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