Lee Friedlander (b. 1934) has been tackling the challenge of self-portraiture throughout his prolific career. What began as an unorthodox investigation of the genre has become a masterful engagement spanning five decades.

In this elegant compilation, which includes hundreds of previously unpublished pictures, it’s amazing to watch the evolution of his approach, as well as how he changes (and doesn’t change) physically over a period of 50 years, from youthful jokester to esteemed master.


In the Picture: Self Portraits 1958-2011
by Lee Friedlander
with an afterword by Richard Benson
392 pages, 373 duotone photographs
Yale University Press
ISBN 978-0-300-17729-9
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