June 5–August 29, 2005
Working in extended series that he often makes into books—two dozen of them so far—Friedlander has merged quantity with quality. Friedlander presents some 500 photographs, organized into discrete groups whose subtle variations capture the vitality of a very generous art. Most prominent are several projects, spanning four decades, that offer a vivid and far-reaching vision of what Friedlander calls the "American social landscape." This central theme is supplemented with portraits, self-portraits, landscapes, still lifes, nudes, studies of people at work, and—exhibited for the first time—a current series of landscapes made in the American West.
The exhibition is accompanied by a major publication that includes over 800 reproductions, essays by Peter Galassi and Richard Benson, and a comprehensive catalogue of Friedlander's books, special editions, and portfolios.
The exhibition is made possible by The William Randolph Hearst Endowment Fund.
The publication is made possible by The John Szarkowski Publications Fund.
The accompanying educational programs are made possible by BNP Paribas.