Item description for Lee Friedlander: Photographs Frederick Law Olmsted Landscapes by Lee Friedlander...
A natural chronicler of all things uniquely American, photographer Lee Friedlander here puts his lens to the work of Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903), designer of many of this country's most iconic public landscapes and the father of North American landscape architecture. Olmsted was responsible for a staggering number of America's greatest parks, including the Niagara reservation (North America's oldest state park), Washington Park, the Biltmore Estate, the U.S. Capitol building landscape and entire parkway systems in Buffalo and Louisville. His most famous work remains New York City's Central Park, a pioneering egalitarian gesture that was very unusual at the time for its ready accessibility. This book, published to coincide with The Metropolitan Museum of Art's 2008 exhibition, compiles 89 photographs made by Friedlander in Olmsted's public parks and private estates. This stunning collection of rich tritones celebrates the complex, idiosyncratic picture-making of one of the country's greatest living photographers, and also arrives upon the 150 year anniversary of Olmsted's 1858 design for Central Park. Rambling across bridges and through open meadows and dense undergrowth, Friedlander locates a pure pleasure in Olmsted's designs--in the meticulous stonework, the balance of exposure to shade, and in the mature, weather-beaten trees that attest to the durability of Olmsted's vision.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.6" Width: 13.5" Height: 19.7" Weight: 2.85 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2008
Publisher D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers
ISBN 1933045736 ISBN13 9781933045733
Availability 0 units.
More About Lee Friedlander
Born in 1934, Lee Friedlander is one of the world's most important living photographers. Among his previous books are the seminal "Self Portrait" and "The American Monument", and more recently, "American Musicians", "Letters from the People", "Little Screens", "The Desert Seen" and "Sticks & Stones". His work was the subject of a major 2005 retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, which travels to SFMOMA in 2008.
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MORE THAN A WALK IN THE PARK Apr 5, 2008
Rather than the institutionalization of the haphazard or the formulaic translucence of a lace like screen on the surface of image upon image, the essence of Friedlander again emerges here: The photograph is primarily egalitarian in it's construct; that each graphic component within the frame is demonstrated to hold it's own considerable weight and value by virtue of the fact that it was chosen to be involved within the composition by design and with intent. The joy and revelation in the dance of tonality and form again reaches for the universal along with a sense of collaboration brought to the work of Olmstead. As well, as in his previous titles, this artist creates an equilibrium within which he integrates expressions of concern he has for our own, peculiar American cultural dilema, a balance which understands an essential order which, Friedlander says, can always be discovered within the seeming chaos of our being.
Excellent Landscapes Apr 3, 2008
What's amazing about Friedlander's Olmsted landscapes is that he captures such beauty and peace in such a variety of different scenes. Since the parks were created, some have not been well taken care of; for example, Prospect Park in Brooklyn is overgrown chaos. His high contrast photographs, another signature style, release that chaos into oblivion.