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    Discuss a Lee Friedlander photograph

    Having been quite pleasantly surprised by some of the photographs in this "discuss a" sub-forum, I wanted to add one of my own:



    this is one from Lee Friedlanders book and project Sticks & Stones: Architectural America, which is one of my favourite books of his.

    For me Friedlander is like a free-form jazz player of photography, improvising, breaking the rules, taking off in a new and unexpected direction, but always drawing you along with him and always undisputedly a master of his instrument

    There were some other pictures from the same project I had difficulty chosing from. I may post them a little later

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    here are some of the others I had trouble deciding between (so maybe that's four to discuss?)






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    I think the bottom two images are really the same. the bottom one just has more info in it.

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    The photographs in themselves aren't overly interesting to me but as a body of work that you've shown he is a master of creating tension.


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    Two are rather static, and I have no idea what they are about. But the OP and the third post have pulse. I'm no fan of Friedlander in general, but sometimes there's a goodie!
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    I dislike all 4 photos.
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    The first one kinda interesting, but the rest are meh. The third one is too flat and they all but the first one I don't think are composed well. (To me they look like what I would expect from a basic photography class.)

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    Can we raise the bar on the level of critique in here - ? Or is this sort of typical? (no offense intended - but I'm not sure how you can really learn anything with 'i like' and 'i don't like'). Perhaps a statement BY Friedlander ABOUT his work might be somewhat in order - so that we can approach the work in a way that doesn't come from our own egos...? Does that sound reasonable? Or should I just piss off?

    (just trying to make things a bit more interesting here!)

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    I don't really care what he has to say about his work. They don't have any appeal for me. They don't speak to me at all. I can see this kind of photograph in albums across america.
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    With all due respect, Gay. I doubt you'd see photos like this in albums. But I can understand how they might look that way on the very surface.

    In my experience - it can be difficult, if not impossible, to know how to respond to a photograph without understanding the intent of the artist. This might not be true with many 'modernist' works which are more about simple composition, design and surface characteristics.

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