Lee Friedlander: Portraits 1958 – 1980

Friedlander is unquestionably one of the most important and influential photographers of his generation. Though he is not generally thought of as a photographer of the people, this has nevertheless been a significant aspect of his work for more than 20 years. Most of the photographs on view are being exhibited for the first time. The exhibition begins with pictures of New Orleans jazz musicians, made in 1958, (this was the series that James Thrall Soby and Walker Evans first noticed, and brought to national attention) and continues through portraits made during his most recent “Factory Valleys” project. The photographs also show Friedlander as husband and father as he chronicles the growth of his family. Pictures of friends and fellow artists such as Jim Dine, Walker Evans and Diane Arbus are also included.

This show will run concurrently with Friedlander’s “Factory Valleys” exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.