ESTABLISHED ARTIST: US Photographer, Lee Friedlander


born July 14, 1934, Aberdeen, Washington USA

Friedlander_America-by-Car-141-556x570 - courtesy Fraenkel Gallery
Friedlander_America-by-Car-141-556×570 – courtesy Fraenkel Gallery



Friedlander studied photography at the Art Center College of Design located in Pasadena, California. In 1956, he moved to New York City where he photographed jazz musicians for record covers. His early work was influenced by Eugène Atget, Robert Frank, and Walker Evans.

Working primarily with Leica 35mm cameras and black and white film, Friedlander’s style focused on the “social landscape”. His art used detached images of urban life, store-front reflections, structures framed by fences, and posters and signs all combining to capture the look of modern life.

Friedlander_America-by-Car-11-562x570 - courtesy Fraenkel Gallery
Friedlander_America-by-Car-11-562×570 – courtesy Fraenkel Gallery


To better understand Lee Friedlander’s processing, aesthetic, and main focus, you should start by taking your time watching the book published after the 2010 the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York exhibited the entirety of his body of work, “America by Car. America by car is probably the best achievement of Lee Friedlander.

Lee Friedlander proceeds by series like the list by Fraenkel Gallery shows below

Actually, Lee Friedlander never stopped exploring the social landscape of America. One after another, each themes tries to document a little more about the bigger picture which is the identity of America.


LA JOLLA, CA:  Joseph Bellows gallery

SAN FRANCISCO: Fraenkel Gallery

ATLANTA: Jackson Fine Art

GERMANY: Galerie Thomas Zander

Pace Galleries

and more here on artnet

Friedlander_America-by-Car-8-562x570 - courtesy Fraenkel Gallery
Friedlander_America-by-Car-8-562×570 – courtesy Fraenkel Gallery



Friedlander_1960 SelfPortraits-152-760x495 courtesy Fraenkel Gallery
Friedlander_1960 SelfPortraits-152-760×495 courtesy Fraenkel Gallery