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Enduring icons of American culture, the car and the highway remain vital as auguries of adventure and discovery, and a means by which to take in the country's vast scale. Lee Friedlander is the first photographer to make the car an actual "form" for making photographs. Driving across most of the country's 50 states in an ordinary rental car, Friedlander applied the brillia Enduring icons of American culture, the car and the highway remain vital as auguries of adventure and discovery, and a means by which to take in the country's vast scale. Lee Friedlander is the first photographer to make the car an actual "form" for making photographs. Driving across most of the country's 50 states in an ordinary rental car, Friedlander applied the brilliantly simple conceit of deploying the sideview mirror, rearview mirror, the windshield and the side windows as a picture frame within which to record the country's eccentricities and obsessions at the turn of the century. This method allows for fascinating effects in foreshortening, and wonderfully telling juxtapositions in which steering wheels, dashboards and leatherette bump up against roadside bars, motels, churches, monuments, suspension bridges, landscapes and often Friedlander's own image, via sideview mirror shots. Presented in the square crop format that has dominated his look in recent series, and taken over the past decade, the nearly 200 images in America by Car are easily among Friedlander's finest, full of virtuoso touch and clarity, while also revisiting themes from older bodies of work (Friedlander occasionally used aspects of automotive architecture in photographs from the late 1960s and early 1970s). Never has America been photographed so penetratingly and ingeniously as in Friedlander's latest body of work. This edition of America by Car is limited to 1000 copies and is signed by Friedlander.


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Enduring icons of American culture, the car and the highway remain vital as auguries of adventure and discovery, and a means by which to take in the country's vast scale. Lee Friedlander is the first photographer to make the car an actual "form" for making photographs. Driving across most of the country's 50 states in an ordinary rental car, Friedlander applied the brillia Enduring icons of American culture, the car and the highway remain vital as auguries of adventure and discovery, and a means by which to take in the country's vast scale. Lee Friedlander is the first photographer to make the car an actual "form" for making photographs. Driving across most of the country's 50 states in an ordinary rental car, Friedlander applied the brilliantly simple conceit of deploying the sideview mirror, rearview mirror, the windshield and the side windows as a picture frame within which to record the country's eccentricities and obsessions at the turn of the century. This method allows for fascinating effects in foreshortening, and wonderfully telling juxtapositions in which steering wheels, dashboards and leatherette bump up against roadside bars, motels, churches, monuments, suspension bridges, landscapes and often Friedlander's own image, via sideview mirror shots. Presented in the square crop format that has dominated his look in recent series, and taken over the past decade, the nearly 200 images in America by Car are easily among Friedlander's finest, full of virtuoso touch and clarity, while also revisiting themes from older bodies of work (Friedlander occasionally used aspects of automotive architecture in photographs from the late 1960s and early 1970s). Never has America been photographed so penetratingly and ingeniously as in Friedlander's latest body of work. This edition of America by Car is limited to 1000 copies and is signed by Friedlander.

30 review for America by Car: Limited Edition

  1. 4 out of 5

    Javier Mariscal Ariza

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Este libro es un viaje en primera persona, gracias a un plano subjetivo que nos invita a conducir a nosotros el automóvil. Cada paso de página es un divertimento y relaciona dos fotografías de formas muy diversas, a través de un concienzudo trabajo de selección de cientos de emparejamientos, cuyo juego narrativo es apasionante: una tensión en las líneas y las formas, una repetición más o menos sugerente, un mensaje irónico, grotesco o disparatado. Para cerrar el círculo, Lee Friedlander se autor Este libro es un viaje en primera persona, gracias a un plano subjetivo que nos invita a conducir a nosotros el automóvil. Cada paso de página es un divertimento y relaciona dos fotografías de formas muy diversas, a través de un concienzudo trabajo de selección de cientos de emparejamientos, cuyo juego narrativo es apasionante: una tensión en las líneas y las formas, una repetición más o menos sugerente, un mensaje irónico, grotesco o disparatado. Para cerrar el círculo, Lee Friedlander se autorretrata con una clara intención de despedirse y agradecernos que le hayamos acompañado en su maravillosa e inspiradora aventura. Muy recomendable.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Joe

    Friedlander's car photos tickle a part of my brain. The attention to line and layering of forms inside/outside the car is sublime. The design of the book is refreshingly simple: a square image takes up 95% of the page, page after page. No long academic essays. Let the images speak for themselves. If you enjoy photographing out the car window on road trips half as much as I do, you need to see this book. Friedlander's car photos tickle a part of my brain. The attention to line and layering of forms inside/outside the car is sublime. The design of the book is refreshingly simple: a square image takes up 95% of the page, page after page. No long academic essays. Let the images speak for themselves. If you enjoy photographing out the car window on road trips half as much as I do, you need to see this book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    Literally only Friedlander could make this work. How much of a genius is this guy? With almost any other photographer on earth, the conceit would wear itself out after 10-20 pages.

  4. 5 out of 5

    TrumanCoyote

    My favorite's on page 3 (from Savannah). And of course the cover has always been a great one (and reshot for this project presumably). At any rate, I found that the premise did grow a bit tiresome as time wore on. Still, at least Lee has a sense of humor (he does have that going for him). :) My favorite's on page 3 (from Savannah). And of course the cover has always been a great one (and reshot for this project presumably). At any rate, I found that the premise did grow a bit tiresome as time wore on. Still, at least Lee has a sense of humor (he does have that going for him). :)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kate Kaluzny

    Friedlander is an amazing photographer and I love his concept here but I found the majority of the images a bit underwhelming. There was a handful that I loved but overall I wish there had been more that really worked for me.

  6. 4 out of 5

    John Watson

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tom

  8. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne

  9. 5 out of 5

    سماح عطية

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ron Goldin

  11. 4 out of 5

    Chuck

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michael Burke

  13. 5 out of 5

    Hanif Shoaei

  14. 5 out of 5

    Wayne

  15. 5 out of 5

    s2artM

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kristi

  17. 4 out of 5

  18. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Engle

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Soshinsky

  20. 4 out of 5

    Paul Le Hat

  21. 5 out of 5

    lordouch

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tom Leininger

  23. 5 out of 5

    A

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brian

  25. 5 out of 5

    Seán Higgins

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tim

  27. 4 out of 5

    Danny

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

  29. 4 out of 5

    R.M. Candela

  30. 5 out of 5

    Will

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