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Children: The Human Clay

Lee Friedlander
As ever with this seminal photographer, the pictures show Friedlander’s focus on everyday American life through his relentless visual imagination …. Friedlander’s eye is witty, insightful and compassionate … —Anna Bonita Evans, Black & White Photography

American photographer Lee Friedlander (born 1934) has had an expansive career, photographing his subjects—from family and friends to political figures and celebrities—in their everyday environments, while simultaneously changing the very landscape of his chosen media. The Human Clay is a new series of six publications to be released over three years, each of which focuses on images of people and features hundreds of photographs, many never before published, chosen and sequenced by the artist himself from his vast archive.

In Children, 200 photographs are presented in two sections. The first features images of children that the artist has known: being bathed or fed, laughing or crying with family members, posing with pets or mugging for the camera. The second section presents works from Friedlander’s years of photographing people on the street: children in parades, sitting in cars, or reflected in storefront windows. Taken together, these images offer a picture of America’s youth through the eyes of one of the most renowned photographers of his generation.

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214 pages / 11 x 9 5/8 inches / 202 duotone illustrations / 2015
  • Paper over board ISBN 978-0-300-21519-9
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