Maria, Me And Zen Archery: Lee Friedlander’s Family Album

"There’s so much information in a picture that often I don’t see until the fifth reading or 30 years later" - Lee Friedlander

Lee Friedlander

Maria, New City – 1959.

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.

 

Lee Friedlander

Maria, New York City,” 1959

“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.”
-Maria Friedlander

 

Lee Friedlander

Maria and Erik, New City, New York,” 1961.

Lee Friedlander

“Dr. Radford, Maria and Anna, New City, New York,” 1962

Lee Friedlander

“Lee and Maria, New City, New York,” 1968.

“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

 

Lee Friedlander

“Maria, New City, New York,” 1971.

Lee Friedlander

“Lee, Anna, Maria, and Erik, New City, New York,” 1971.
Looking

Lee Friedlander

“Maria, Katonah, New York,” 1972.

Lee Friedlander

“Miami,” 1974.

Lee Friedlander

“Anna, Maria, & Erik, New York City,” 1980.

Lee Friedlander

Maria & Anna, Copake, New York,” 1987

Lee Friedlander

Cannon Beach, Oregon,” 1997

Lee Friedlander

“Maria, Vanna Tassisto and Genesia Andreoni, Bargone, Italy,” 1999

Lee Friedlander

“Giancarlo and Maria, New City, New York,” 2000.

Lee Friedlander

Maria and Anna, Staten Island, New York,” 2000.

Lee Friedlander

“Giancarlo Roma and Maria, Copake, New York,” 2001.

Lee Friedlander

“Ava and Maria, New City, New York,” 2004