New York

Dave Freund

Light Gallery

Dave Freund’s pictures employ a few of the most sophisticated formal devices photographers have invented, yet in all but a few cases, Freund fails to find subjects worthy of his acute constructive sense. His formal adroitness appears in his manner of arranging detail. Repeatedly, he’ll continue trees into poles, fill wayward parts of his frames with leafy branches, execute pleasant juxtapositions—as between a cluster of cinder-blocks and a townful of houses, placed so that the houses perch, doll-size, atop the blocks. Freund’s framing is careful: he’ll usually include all of an object or exclude it entirely. He leaves few loose ends. The positive result of this meticulousness is that all the perfunctory clutter with which the lens impedes a photographer is neatly reduced to a perfectly sensible landscape. Unorganized detail can make a photograph unpersuasive, overly and dully literal.

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