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New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    New Orleans (photographed)

  • Date:

    1968 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Friedlander, Lee, born 1934 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin silver print

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Fraser Charitable Trust. Copyright Lee Friedlander, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery San Francisco

  • Museum number:

    PH.775-1980

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 934, box A

Lee Friedlander was one of the new documentary photographers of the 1960s. Like a jazz musician, he anchored his improvisations to a repeated theme. His street photographs are often deliberately unreadable, refracted or reflected in mirrors or windows. This image is one of a series of self-portraits in which his camera becomes part of his silhouette. He has implicated the viewer in the picture by placing us in the position of the photographer, standing where the artist once stood. The image collapses the distance between interior and exterior, reflection and surface. In this way Friedlander broke the conventional rules of photography to revitalise the medium.

Physical description

Photograph

Place of Origin

New Orleans (photographed)

Date

1968 (made)

Artist/maker

Friedlander, Lee, born 1934 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions

Height: 18.8 cm, Width: 28.1 cm

Descriptive line

Photograph by Lee Friedlander, 'New Orleans, Louisiana', 1968, gelatin silver print

Labels and date

Lee Friedlander (born 1934)
New Orleans, Louisiana, 1968
Buffalo, New York, 1962

Friedlander has been making self-portraits for
over 50 years. In each of these examples, he
appears as a reflection in the centre of a carefully
framed depiction of an American cityscape. His
camera merges with his body, which in turn is
surrounded by a complex arrangement of urban
forms and textures.

Gelatin silver prints
Given by the Gordon Fraser Charitable Trust
Museum nos. PH.775-1980, 773-1980 [23/7/2016-5/3/2017]
Gallery 100, ‘History of photography’, 2011-2012, label text :

Lee Friedlander (born 1934)
‘New Orleans’
1968

Friedlander’s street photographs are often
deliberately unreadable, refracted or reflected in
mirrors or windows. This image is one of a series
of self-portraits in which his camera becomes part
of his silhouette. The image collapses the distance
between interior and exterior, surface and reflection.
In this way Friedlander broke the conventional rules
of photography to revitalise the medium.

Gelatin silver print
Museum no. Ph.775-1980
[07 03 2014]

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Gelatin silver process

Subjects depicted

Shop; Reflection; Storefront

Categories

Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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