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101 Quick and Easy Ideas Taken from the Master Photographers of the Twentieth Century by Matthew Bamberg

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Chapter 13. Lee Friedlander (1934– )

Have you ever been on a street photography shoot to photograph scenes that most photographers avoid? If you have, you could be emulating Lee Friedlander.

Friedlander’s photographs of street scenes with shadows are known to have shown the complexity of urban landscape. He was said to be influenced by the book The Americans, which was photographed by Robert Frank and includes text by Jack Kerouac. The book contained images (many of which were solemn) obtained on a cross-country trip across America in the mid-1950s.

One of Frank’s better-known photographs is of a motel room bed with a television at the end of it with a baby on the screen. Also notable were the images he took of Madonna in the late ’70s that appeared ...

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