Lee Friedlander (Norman) was born in 1934 in Aberdeen, Washington, and is a representative of American "street photography" of the 1960ís.
After studying photography at the Art Center School in Los Angeles (1953-55), Lee Friedlander moved to New York, where he became acquainted with Garry Winogrand, Robert Frank and Diane Arbus. All of these photographers explored the streets of New York with their cameras. Friedlander worked as a freelancer for magazines such as "Esquire", "Sports Illustrated" and "Art in America", and in the 1950ís, he made several portraits of musical greats such as Ray Charles and Duke Ellington.
In 1967, the ground-breaking exhibit "New Documents" took place in New York; also included in the exhibit besides Friedlanderís photographs were pictures by Diane Arbus and Garry Winogrand. These photographs are completely devoid of stylistic devices Ė the object is to capture the everyday as a document. Friedlanderís pictures show life in the large American city. Many pictures seem to be random snapshots; upon more careful examination, however, one can recognize characteristic, constantly recurring pictorial patterns Ė often vertical or horizontal structures. Besides their clear composition, Friedlanderís black-and-white photographs are characterized by great depth of focus.
Since the 1970ís, he has been developing series based on the most disparate themes. Prominent among them are his series "Self Portraits" and "At Work". In 2002 he published the book "Kitay", which gives the reader insights into the painter and Freidlanderís close friend Kitay. In 2005, the MoMA in New York devoted a large retrospective to him with approximately 500 photographs on display. Lee Friedlander lives and works in New York City.