Pioneering photographer Lee Friedlander has been making images of what he calls "the American social landscape" for more than 50 years. His influence reaches across several generations--through pivotal exhibitions such as The Museum of Modern Art's 2005 retrospective, and through his own specific feel for the book format, evident from the first (self-published) monograph of 1970, Self-Portrait, to recent volumes such as Apples & Olives, Cherry Blossom Time in Japan and Frederick Law Olmsted Landscapes.
Friedlander has been visiting Albuquerque, Santa Fe and the Northern New Mexico environs since the late 1960s, and this new volume of work presents a sequence of images made during his travels in the region between the mid-90s and the present. Armed with his signature Hasselblad camera and wandering the back roads in an assortment of rental cars, Friedlander has journeyed from the Plaza of Santa Fe to the adobe strewn neighborhood barrios and out into the gorgeous, high-altitude desert that surrounds this fabled city. In Lee Friedlander: New Mexico, we see the same attentive curiosity that we've come to expect from this American master who is so adept at creating unity out of diverse shapes and tones in the two-dimensional picture plane.