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Five decades of Lee Friedlander’s monographs to be displayed at Pratt

Public Exhibition Provides Rare Look at Friedlander’s Iconic Photographs through Printed Publications of His Work

April 24, 2014 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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The exhibition “Lee Friedlander: The Printed Picture” will provide the public with the rare opportunity to experience the award-winning artist’s work through more than 40 publications, related ephemera, and selected epigraphs. For the first time, five decades of Friedlander’s seminal monographs (1969–2014) will be on view in a presentation organized by Pratt’s Photography Department and Pratt Institute Libraries. According to Friedlander, “the book is more my medium than the wall.”

Lee Friedlander: The Printed Picture” will reflect themes found in Friedlander’s work including the self-portrait, family, musicians and the social landscape. The exhibition is curated by Stephen Hilger, chair of Pratt Institute’s Photography Department, and Peter Kayafas, visiting associate professor of Photography at Pratt Institute and director of the Eakins Press Foundation. 

Lee Friedlander, who received an honorary degree from Pratt in 2013, is revered as one of America’s most prolific and celebrated photographers. His work has appeared in numerous galleries and museums including the groundbreaking “New Documents show (1967) and the retrospective “Friedlander” (2005), both at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Friedlander—once described by The New York Times as “a master of the frame”—has received awards and fellowships including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Center of Photography, the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography, three John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships, and the MacArthur Genius Grant. 

The opening reception will take place on April 30 from 6:30–8 p.m. at Pratt Institute’s Brooklyn Campus Library, 200 Willoughby Avenue. Hours: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The show closes Oct. 6.

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