Lee Friedlander - SIGNS

Fraenkel Gallery's superb new monograph focuses on one of Lee Friedlander's key motifs for more than five decades, featuring photographs of the signs that inscribe the American landscape, from hand-lettered ads to storefront windows to massive billboards. The book collects 144 photographs from the 1950s through 2017 made in New York and other places across the U.S. Illegible or plainspoken, crude or whimsical, Friedlander’s signs are an unconscious portrait of modern life.  His deadpan pictures of signs across America and Canada feature tailoring shops, movie marquis, segregated SROs and coffee shops, strip clubs, gas stations, fast food joints, churches, parking lots, billboards, stop signs and patriotic message boards, they all get their due, alongside a few photographs accidentally starring Friedlander and friends from long ago. Designed, by Katy Homans with tritone separations by Thomas Palmer and exquisite printing by Meridian to match, this is a photobook for photobook lovers and collectors.


The New York Times


112 pages
Designed by Katy Homans

  • Publisher: Fraenkel Gallery



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