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It fascinates me that there is a variety of feeling about what I do. I’m not a pre-meditative photographer. I see a picture and I make it. If I had a chance, I’d be out shooting all the time. You don’t have to go looking for pictures. The material is generous. You go out and the pictures are staring at you. - Lee Friedlander,

I suspect it is for one’s self-interest that one looks at one’s surroundings and one’s self. This search is personally born and is indeed my reason and motive for making photographs. The camera is not merely a reflecting pool and the photographs are not exactly the mirror, mirror on the wall that speaks with a twisted tongue. Witness is borne and puzzles come together at the photographic moment which is very simple and complete. The mind-finger presses the release on the silly machine and it stops time and holds what its jaws can encompass and what the light will stain. - Lee Friedlander


I always wanted to be a photographer. I was fascinated with the materials. But I never dreamed I would be having this much fun. I imagined something much less elusive, much more mundane. - Lee Friedlander

.. ....a mysterious intersection of chance and attention that goes well beyond the existential surrealism of the "decisive moment". - Lee Friedlander

* Lee Friedlander is an unstoppable, important force among the contemporary art world.

Sometimes we are initially fooled by the apparent simplicity of his images, but on closer inspection we find the clichés of contemporary culture belie a world more complex than seen at first glance. His themes are just as broad: random moments in time; people who appear more real through his lens than in reality; modern workers jammed up hellishly against the foreground of the picture with their machines; and thickly-layered landscapes.

The genius of Lee Friedlander reveals the unreality of appearances, in photographs that are as vibrant and alive as the day they were made.

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