Lee Friedlander is one of my favorite photographers. Earlier this year my husband, Randolph, captured a photograph of me while we were visiting downtown Squamish, B.C.
It’s interesting to me that while I’m preparing to take a photograph I’m unaware of being photographed; a factor adding another dimension entirely. A viewer sees more in the streetscape than a photographer will see while taking the photo.
In his work, Friedlander frequently liked to include telephone poles, street signs, pavement, cast shadows, and a streamlining of chaos into a class of personalized order.
This flattened 2-D image of the social landscape is one of a great number of my favorite photographs taken by Rand. It becomes one of those moments that allows us to see everything.
To view a select representation of photographs by Lee Friedlander, I recommend the Fraenkel Gallery Online.
Copyright © 2009 Nicole Rigets