An exhibition of books and related ephemera, organized by Pratt Institute’s Photography Department and Libraries, with support from the School of Art and Design, and D.A.P., Distributed Art Publishers.
LEE FRIEDLANDER: THE PRINTED PICTURE is the first exhibition to bring together five decades of Friedlander’s seminal photographic monographs. The exhibition will celebrate the Pratt Institute Libraries’ acquisition of the complete catalogue of Friedlander’s trade publications from 1969-2014, presenting forty-five publications produced by Friedlander over more than fifty years.
Lee Friedlander, who received an honorary degree from Pratt in 2013, is one of America’s most prolific and celebrated photographers. He is recognized for his “hipster wit and graphic verve,” and for forging a particular and historically influential style of photography that he describes as the “social landscape.” Friedlander has appeared in numerous gallery and museum exhibitions including the groundbreaking 1967 exhibition “New Documents,” and the 2005 retrospective “Friedlander,” both at the Museum of Modern Art. He has received numerous 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. His greatest achievement may be his oeuvre of photographic books bear out his statement: “The book is more my medium than the wall.”