Lee Friedlander (Aberdeen, Washington, 1934), known for his self-portraits in mirrors and glass, moved to Los Angeles in order to attend classes at the Art Center School. There he tackled his first assignments making photographs for jazz records and recording labels. In 1955 he moved to New York where he worked for different magazines and joined the photographic scene, which was dominated by street photography at the time. Likewise, he met Garry Winogrand, who became his mentor.
Friedlander’s work follows the tradition of North American social landscape photography. As his predecessors Walker Evans and Robert Frank, the photographer embarked on countless journeys across the roads of the United States, as can been observed in his renowned series The Little Screens (1963), The American Monument (1976), and in his most recent series, America by Car (2010).
In 1967, along with Diane Arbus and Garry Winogrand, Lee Friedlander was included in the New Documents exhibition at MoMA in New York which ushered in a new form of documentary photography. His work has been awarded numerous distinctions, such as the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 1969, 1962 and 1977, the Edward MacDowell Medal in 1986, and the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography in 2005.