New York

Lee Friedlander

Zabriskie Gallery

The 56 photographs here included portraits from the past 25 years, covering many of the themes Friedlander has pursued—for example, one wall presented photographs of black jazz and blues musicians, while another featured photographers and artists. Overall the work was hung in a loose order, beginning with a picture of a naiadlike girl standing on a backyard swing and ending with photographs of Friedlander’s wife and children, and a final shot of Friedlander himself seen through the windshield of a pickup, hands clenching the wheel, staring wearily ahead at the camera and the road.

To some extent the photographs could also be seen as reflecting the stylistic shifts Friedlander’s work has gone through, from the raucous, sometimes almost vicious humor of his early street photography, through the meditations on light and form in his photographs of flowers and trees from the mid ’70s, to the

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