Lee Friedlander: Photographer of everythingby Marianne Combs, Minnesota Public Radio
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts presents an exhibition by encyclopedic photographer Lee Friedlander.
Minneapolis, Minn. — Lee Friedlander is known more for his body of work than for any one picture. Now in his 70s, Friedlander has had a camera in his hands for more than half a century.
MIA guest curator George Slade says Friedlander has an inexhaustible appetite for taking photographs, including landscapes, city scenes, nudes, TV sets, monuments, jazz musicians and self-portraits.
Slade says the exhibition, with more than 500 images on display, reflects Friedlanders fascination with finding the art in even the most common scene.
"There are so many things that Friedlander's photographed, that it's hard to imagine he hasn't photographed something for just about everybody," mused Slade. "And there's a mundane quality to all of this and would hope that people would say 'Wow, that's really boring, but why can't I stop looking at it?'"
The Friedlander exhibition fills eight galleries in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. It follows Friedlander's in rough chronological order, starting with his portraits of jazz musicians in the 1950s and 1960s.
The exhibition also presents for the first time a series of his American West landscapes.
"Friedlander: Photographs" is on loan from the Museum of Modern Art. It runs through September 14th.