Lee Friedlander’s photographs of his wife, Maria, trace a love affair that began in 1958, when she was an editorial assistant at Sports Illustrated and he was looking for assignments. We see his children, Anna and Erik, grandchildren, Ava and Giancarlo. These images, all via Fraenkel Gallery and Deborah Bell’s collection, throb with warmth than affection.
“A book of pictures doesn’t tell the whole story, so as a biography this one is incomplete. There are no photographs of arguments and disagreements, of the times when we were rude, impatient, and insensitive parents, of frustration, of anger strong enough to consider dissolving the marriage.”
“They’re like Zen Archery. You’re at both ends of the camera, and you don’t know what’s happening. You can’t really see the moment of exposure. I like to see what I look like off balance. I do them when I can’t think of anything else to do. I enjoy being entangled with the material I’ve been working with.”
– Lee Friedlander on Selfies