What’s great about his works is that even if his own person is the subject and the main focal point, he still incorporates the American social landscape of his generation in his photos. He even accomplishes to include other people in these self-portraits, which is hard to do especially if you want the viewers to know that it is in fact, a portrait of yourself. Because of this, we somehow get to view what the contemporary American culture was like back in the day as well as live Friedlander’s everyday life through his “eyes” (or camera lens for that matter).
Personally, I feel like Lee Friedlander is one of the pioneers who brought “experimental self portraits” into the photography scene with his creative framing and composition. And for that, more people should know of this brilliant photographer.
- Reign Gonzales
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