"Lee Friedlander's monograph on 'Stems' not only represents a tender history of an artist's temporary battle with physical restriction and pain, it is also one of the more eloquent collections of black and white photography on a narrow subject to appear in book form.
These beautifully photographed and equally beautifully printed and presented series of images were taken when Friedlander was confined to sitting, a position not compatible with a photographer out in the fields of the world capturing life as it continues in motion. But due to physical restrictions, Friedlander had to either be artistically silent or elect to combat his dilemma by using his camera to study the simple beauty of nature at hand. And, so like his proclivities in all of his art, he elected to use the stems of flowers and plants as subject, including the cylinders and vases of water into which they had been placed. Some of the more eloquent photographs come at the end of the portfolio when Friedlander captured the containers of his subjects in the empty state - levels of water in class containers alone and in tandem. The results defy written description: these are subtle, tenuous, fragile works of art with few peers as still life.
The production of this portfolio is in keeping with the content: the cloth covered cover is in a mossy green and the binding, quality of paper and of reproductions is of the highest order. This is a unique and very beautiful book." (Grady Harp, January 2006)
About the photographer (*1934):
"Lee Friedlander began photographing the American social landscape in 1948. With an ability to organize a vast amount of visual information in dynamic compositions, Friedlander has made humorous and poignant images among the chaos of city life, dense landscape and countless other subjects. Friedlander is also recognized for a group of self-portraits he began in the 1960s, reproduced in 'Self Portrait', an exploration that he turned to again in the late 1990s, and published in a monograph by Fraenkel Gallery in 2000. Friedlander’s work was included in the highly influential 1967 New Documents exhibition, curated by John SZARKOWSKI at the Museum of Modern Art.
Included among the many monographs designed and published by Friedlander himself are 'Sticks and Stones', 'Lee Friedlander: Photographs', 'Letters From the People', 'Apples and Olives', 'Cherry Blossom Time in Japan', 'Family', and 'At Work'. In 2005, Friedlander was the recipient of the prestigious Hasselblad Award as well as the subject of a major traveling retrospective and catalog organized by the Museum of Modern Art. In 2010, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York exhibited the entirety of his body of work, 'America by Car'." (text by Fraenkel Gallery, source: https://fraenkelgallery.com/artists/lee-friedlander, copied on Dec., 27th, 2016)
"Es ist ein unglaublich schönes Buch das der Steidl Verlag hier herausgebracht hat. Die schwarz-weiß Fotografien von Lee Friedlander zeigen hauptsächlich Blumenstängel in Glasvasen. Keine Ahnung was für ein Spitzen-Druckverfahren der Herr Steidl da hat, aber die Abbildungen sind von einer sanften Klarheit, wie ich sie leider nicht oft in Kunstbänden finden konnte. Jedenfalls passt das Druckverfahren ganz wunderbar zu den ruhigen, sanften Fotos mit den unterschiedlichsten Abstufungen in warmen Grau.
Das ist die Handwerkskunst des Steidlverlags. Das grüne Leinen des Einbandes erinnert an die Farbe der Blütenstängel und der Vorsatz kontrastiert dazu in einem lachsfarbenen Rose. Wunderschön. Ach ja, brauche ich noch zu erwähnen, dass das Buche einen festen Einband und Fadenbindung hat?
Wer ästhetisch hochwertige Fotobücher mag wird dieses Buch lieben." (Tobias Töpfer)
Über den Fotografen (*1934):
Lee Friedlander lebt im Staat New York und kann auf eine lange, erfolgreiche Karriere als Fotograf zurückblicken.
Unter zahlreichen Auszeichnungen erhielt er einen MacArthur Foundation Award, Stipendien von der National Endowment of Art und drei Guggenheim Fellowships swoie den Hasselblad Award (2005)
Andere Bücher von Lee FRIEDLANDER:
'The American Monument'
'Letters from the People'
'The Desert Seen'
'Apples and Olives'
'Sticks and Stones'
'Cherry blossom time in Japan'
'America by Car'