First edition, first printing.Hardcover. Navy blue cloth-covered boards with title stamped in silver on cover and spine; no dust jacket as issued. Photographs by Friedlander. Designed by John Berg. Unpaginated (106 pp.), with 137 plates printed by the Meriden Gravure Company, Meriden, Connecticut, from duotone separations made by Richard Benson. 10-3/4 x 11-1/2 inches. [Cited in Peter Galassi, Friedlander. (New York: MoMA, 2005), "Books, Special Editions, and Portfolios" (pp. 444-459), #12.]
Lee Friedlander’s work is widely known for transforming our visual understanding of contemporary American culture. Known for passionately embracing all subject matter, Friedlander photographed nearly every facet of American life from the 1950s to the present. From factories in Pennsylvania, to the jazz scene in New Orleans, to the deserts of the Southwest, Friedlander's complex formal visual strategies continue to influence the way we understand, analyze, and experience modern American experience. Friedlander's work continues to influence photographic practice internationally, in part due to the heightened sense of self-awareness that is a trademark of so many of his photographs and in part because of his ability to embrace wide-ranging subject matter, always interpreting it in an elegance that hadn't existed prior to his work.