Yale University Art Gallery and Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book Library will be the permanent home for the largest archive of work by Lee Friedlander. This collection includes negatives, letters, journals, 40,000 contact sheets of his life’s work, and a selection of 2,000 images of the most recent bodies of work from the last twenty years. Within this selection is a master print of every image from every book published since 1996, including Lee Friedlander: New Mexico by Radius. The archive will be an invaluable resource to the scholars, faculty and students able to see first hand the workings of Friedlander not only as a photographer, but as a rigorous editor and printer.
“Friedlander’s pictures from the past two decades playfully exploit the medium’s still-thrilling ability to create fresh and unexpected relationships out of the things we see every day,” observes Joshua Chuang, the Yale Art Gallery’s assistant curator of photographs. “Even if you think you’ve seen it all, they make it easy to become ecstatic about the possibilities of photography all over again.”
Long considered an American legend, Friedlander was the subject of a major traveling retrospective and catalog organized by the Museum of Modern Art in 2005. The Friedlander archive will join the library’s extensive collection of American photography, from such masters as Carleton Watkins, Timothy O’Sullivan, Alfred Stieglitz, Carl Van Vechten, David Plowden, Carl Mydans, Robert Adams, and Eve Arnold.
Lee Friedlander: New Mexico is officially out-of-print, but photo-eye Books still has a few copies here.
The main news, however, was the announcement of photo-eye’s Best Books of 2008. Every year photo-eye announces their staff favorites of the year just ending. That list is right here. But this year they went one step further and invited 17 other “photo-world luminaries” to contribute their own lists. Radius Books’ own Darius Himes was one of those contributors. (Click this link to get to the main interactive page where you can see each list and browse the titles.) Several Radius Books titles ended up on various lists.
photo-eye named Domestic Vacations by Julie Blackmon as one of the Best Books of the 2008. And Chris Pichler of Nazraeli Press named Domestic Vacations and Lee Friedlander: New Mexico as two of his favorite books of the year.
Photobook blogger (and now publisher) Jeffrey Ladd has just posted a thoughtful review of our Lee Friedlander: New Mexico title. Read that here. Radius Books co-founder Darius Himes has just posted a response and discussion of the circumstances surrounding the creation of the book on his blog, here.
On October 31st, Radius Books and Andrew Smith Gallery launched Lee Friedlander: New Mexico as both an exhibition and a book. Mr. Friedlander was in town for the event, both signing books at the event, which took place on Halloween, and making new images during the day.
Lee Friedlander: New Mexico features work made exclusively in New Mexico over the last 12 years. Nearly all of the work is previously unpublished, apart from a select few that were included in Sticks & Stones or his massive retrospective at MoMA in 2005.
This was Friedlander’s 33rd book (!!!) and while we couldn’t pin him down as to which was his favorite—”They’re like children. How do you choose a favorite?”—he did let us know that he was very pleased with it.
BookExpo America is North America’s largest industry trade fair for books and publishing, drawing huge crowds and authors, publishers and booksellers from around the world. This year it was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. D.A.P., the distributor for Radius Books to the trade, always has a fantastic booth and an even more fantastic staff. Occurring in the late Spring, BEA is the place where forthcoming Fall titles are announced and previews of the Fall list of books are available. Below are some photographs from the event, which took place the weekend of May 29-June 1.
The D.A.P. booth and the wall of new titles.
Julie Blackmon’s new book, Domestic Vacations, on display.
Looking from the D.A.P. booth out into the fair.
D.A.P. rep Jane Brown talking with Arcana bookstore owner Lee Kaplan.
Preparing the book mock-ups in Santa Fe for BEA.
The four finished book mock-ups at the fair. (Left to right) Michael Lundgren Transfigurations, Lee Friedlander: New Mexico, John McCracken: Sketchbook and Brian Rutenberg