Abe Frajndlich is one of the 6 photographers featured in exhibition FOCUS at The Bonfoey Gallery. Abe sent us this text to accompany his images:
My eyes have been omnivorous from the start.
Almost from day one in 1970, when i got serious about my little LeicaF-3
those lenses have been gravitating to the naked female body.
Easy explanation. It is excessively beautiful to the eyes of the male, (and the female).
Maybe just pure biology.
All these years later, nothing has changed in that regard.
From the beginning I have been making portraits of my fellow
humans, some more famous than others.
And, it turned out, that for most of my career,
that is how I paid the rent and kept food on the table, kept clothes on my back, and was able to buy more film
and chemicals to see what I had seen.
It has always been magic, and I am forever thankful, to the sometimes generous photo gods.
Here is a selection of my photographs in the show at the Bonfoey Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio
where in the seventies and eighties I showed work from my series from Figments and Cleveland Infra Red,
two early books from 1975 and 1981.
These dozen photographs are portraits of my years of working for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung,
including Dennis Hopper, Chuck Close, Cindy Sherman, Ralph Gibson, and Miles Davis
as well as more recent homages to the Fauves of the early 20th century, most notably Henri Matisse.
Featuring : Donald Black, Abe Frajndlich, Amanda King, Jeannette Palsa, Christopher Pekoc, and Garie Waltzer.
May 1 – June 30, 2021
The Bonfoey Gallery
1710 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44133
In conjunction with the 2021 Cleveland Photo Fest