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Lee Friedlander is an American photographer and artist. In the 1960s and 70s he worked primarily with Leica 35mm cameras and black and white film. Much in the style of the earlier work of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Friedlander concentrated on ‘The Social Landscape’. He wanted to capture images of urban life; he wanted to detach this look by using shop window reflections and natural frames, such as fences, car windows, windscreens and signs. Like certain Pop Art works of the time, Friedlander captured the impression and atmosphere of modern society, with sometimes a gloomy effect. Friedlander’s early work was very much influenced by documentary photographers such as Robert Frank and Eugene Atget. His photographs of the American social landscape featured exciting compositions, Friedlander made amusing and moving images among the bedlam of urban city life. “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.” (Friedlander, 2002) Friedlander’s partnership w...

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