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Title

Memphis

Artist

Lee Norman Friedlander (American, born 1934)

Date

2003

Medium

gelatin silver print

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image: 15 in x 14 13/16 in; sheet: 19 7/8 in x 16 1/16 in

Inscriptions & Markings

stamp: copyright notice, stamp, verso, below signature

signature: (scribble), graphite, verso, center

Collection Area

Photography

Category

Photographs

Object Type

photograph

Culture

American

Credit Line

Gift of Richard and Deanne Rubinstein

Accession Number

2008.15.6

Copyright

© artist or other rights holder

Terms

gelatin silver prints

photographs

pyramids

signs

Description

Lee Friedlander has traveled throughout the United States for more than fifty years, photographing all aspects of what he calls the "social landscape." Though well-known for his urban imagery, he also explores suburbs and small towns, documenting the complicated infrastructure of telephone poles, directional signs, power lines, and lampposts that connects and arranges these spaces. He whimsically calls attention to these functional objects—normally considered eyesores—by capturing their geometric shapes and the shadows they cast on ubiquitous pavement, encouraging viewers to consider everyday scenes that are often ignored.

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