|Lee Friedlander was born in 1934 in Aberdeen, Washington. A “fascination with the equipment,” led him to begin photographing in 1948. He briefly attended the Art Center School in Los Angeles with the intention of becoming a professional photographer. In 1956, he moved to New York and began freelancing. Looking for magazine assignments, he eventually met a group of photographers who would have a profound effect on his career; Robert Frank, Diane Arbus, Garry Winogrand, Louis Faurer, Helen Levitt, Richard Avedon, and Walker Evans. Evans championed Friedlander’s work. Lee Friedlander has received several grants and awards including Guggenheim Fellowships and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. His work is widely exhibited and in 2005 was the subject of a retrospective exhibition, Friedlander, at The Museum of Modern Art. Lee Friedlander’s photographs are included in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson; Corcoran Gallery of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Museum of Modern Art; and the Smithsonian Institution, and many other collections in the United States and Europe. Friedlander is also credited with discovering and preserving the work of New Orleans photographer E.J. Bellocq.
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