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Steidl : Lee Friedlander : Workers – The Human Clay


In the capstone volume of his epic series “The Human Clay,” Lee Friedlander has created an ode to people who work. Drawn from his incomparable archive are photographs of individuals laboring on the street and on stage, as well as in the field, in factories and in fluorescent-lit offices. Performers, salespeople and athletes alike are observed both in action and at rest by Friedlander’s uncanny eye. Opera singers are caught mid-aria, models primp backstage, mechanics tinker and telemarketers hustle. Spanning six decades, this humanizing compilation features over 250 photographs, many appearing here for the first time in print

Lee Friedlander was born in 1934 in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1948 he began to photograph seriously and by the 1960s had become widely recognized for his all-encompassing portrayals of the American social landscape—a term he coined. Friedlander’s influential work has been the subject of many seminal exhibitions, including “New Documents” and “Mirrors and Windows,” both organized by John Szarkowski at the Museum of Modern Art, and more than 50 books, including Self Portrait (1970), The American Monument (1976), Factory Valleys (1982), Sticks and Stones (2004) and America By Car (2010) and Chain Link (2017).


Lee Friedlander: Workers – The Human Clay
Book design: Katy Homans
Editorial and production supervision: Joshua Chuang
196 pages, 253 images
11x 9.5 in. / 27.9 x 24.4 cm
Black and white
ISBN 978-3-95829-500-1
US$ 60.00 / € 58.00

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