UVaM - University of Virginia Art Museum

Collection

Lee Friedlander
American, b. 1934
Route 9W, New York, 1969
Gelatin silver print, 11 x 14 inches
Museum Purchase with Curriculum Support Funds,
1991.2.1

In Route 9W, New York, Lee Friedlander combines elements, which recur over his long career of photographing the social landscape: reflecting surfaces and the self-portrait. dry wit, the image likens the photographer to a sniper, who shoots the decisive moment in a split second – in this case (and many others, too) from a moving vehicle. The photograph freezes the kaleidoscopic instant, exposing a reality that is complex and multi-layered similar to the spatial complexities created by the side-view mirror. Friedlander's use of 35 mm camera and titles with the place and date unite the vast, heterogeneous body of work.