Human Clay: Lee Friedlander’s Intimate Portraits Of Famous Friends And Somebody’s Children

Human Clay is a series of six books by American photographer Lee Friedlander. These images are from Human Clay: Children and Portraits. Through them and more Friedlander aims to record “the American social landscape”.

 

Dionigi and Idelma Obertello, Bargone, Italy, 1965

Dionigi and Idelma Obertello, Bargone, Italy, 1965

 

“Somebody else could walk two feet away to get those poles and trees and other stuff out of the way, I almost walk two feet to get into it, because it is a part of the game that I play. It isn’t even conscious; I probably just drift into it… its like a found pleasure. You’ve found something that you like and you play with it for the rest of your life” –  Lee Friedlander

 

Earl Rose, Chicago, 1970

Earl Rose, Chicago, 1970

 

“I like making books… I realise that the nature of photography is such that I can’t see everything on first look, because photography has this ability to deal so well with information. There’s so much information in a picture that often I don’t see until the fifth reading or 30 years later.

“I can pick up Walker’s book American Photographs today and see something I never saw before – and I’ve owned that book for over 30 years. So I think that books are a great medium for photography. They seem to be the best. I can go back and re-read things – ‘Oh shit, I didn’t see that before’” – Lee Friedlander

 

John Szarkowski, New City, New York, 1973

John Szarkowski, New City, New York, 1973

Cherie Hiser, Aspen, Colorado, 1972

Cherie Hiser, Aspen, Colorado, 1972

RB Kitaj and Frank Auerbach, London, 1994

RB Kitaj and Frank Auerbach, London, 1994

Carla Penz and her husband Phil DeVries, New York City, 2003

Carla Penz and her husband Phil DeVries, New York City, 2003

Paul Tate, Lafayette, Louisiana, 1968

Paul Tate, Lafayette, Louisiana, 1968

Maria Morris, Bailey Island, Maine, 1976

Maria Morris, Bailey Island, Maine, 1976

Lynda Benglis, Ahmedabad, India, 1988

Lynda Benglis, Ahmedabad, India, 1988

Garry Winogrand, New York City, 1957

Garry Winogrand, New York City, 1957

William S Burroughs, Democratic National Convention, Chicago, 1968.

William S Burroughs, Democratic National Convention, Chicago, 1968.

 

David Hockney, London, 1972. Gelatin silver print. © Lee Friedlander, Courtesy Fraenkel  Gallery, San Francisco

David Hockney, London, 1972. Gelatin silver print. © Lee Friedlander, Courtesy Fraenkel
Gallery, San Francisco

Little Richard Penniman, New York City, 1963. Gelatin silver print. © Lee Friedlander, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

Little Richard Penniman, New York City, 1963. Gelatin silver print. © Lee Friedlander, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

Richard Benson, Newport, Rhode Island, 2010. Gelatin silver print. © Lee Friedlander, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

Richard Benson, Newport, Rhode Island, 2010. Gelatin silver print. © Lee Friedlander, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

 

Lafayette, Louisiana, 1968. Gelatin silver print. © Lee Friedlander, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery,  San Francisco

Lafayette, Louisiana, 1968. Gelatin silver print. © Lee Friedlander, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery,
San Francisco

New York City, 1959. Gelatin silver print. © Lee Friedlander, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery,  San Francisco

New York City, 1959. Gelatin silver print. © Lee Friedlander, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery,
San Francisco

New Orleans, 1968. Gelatin silver print. © Lee Friedlander, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

New Orleans, 1968. Gelatin silver print. © Lee Friedlander, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

Okeene, Oklahoma, 1969. Gelatin silver print. © Lee Friedlander, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery,  San Francisco

Okeene, Oklahoma, 1969. Gelatin silver print. © Lee Friedlander, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery,
San Francisco

New Orleans, 1982. Gelatin silver print. © Lee Friedlander, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

New Orleans, 1982. Gelatin silver print. © Lee Friedlander, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

New Orleans, 1961. Gelatin silver print. © Lee Friedlander, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

New Orleans, 1961. Gelatin silver print. © Lee Friedlander, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

ew York City, 1972. Gelatin silver print. © Lee Friedlander, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

ew York City, 1972. Gelatin silver print. © Lee Friedlander, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco