Lee Friedlander: America By Car

 Lee Friedlander,  Montana , 2008, Gelatin silver print, 15 × 15 in.

Lee Friedlander, Montana, 2008, Gelatin silver print, 15 × 15 in.

“If you want to understand America, start by looking out the window.” – Lee Friedlander

Currently on view at the Whitney Museum of Art in New York, Lee Friedlander: America By Car presents more than 190 images that the artist snapped from the seat of his rental car while driving across the fifty states. Taken over the course of fifteen years, each image is a record of the country’s distinctive landscapes and lifestyles. The surroundings are framed by Friedlander’s perspective – every image features both interior and exterior elements of the car (steering wheel, rearview mirror, dashboard) – and this clever composition allows for exploration. In looking, we find glimpses of narrative – miniature scenes reflected in the rearview mirror or seen through a sliver of window. These discoveries unfreeze the images, and allow the viewer to imagine a world beyond the frame of the photograph. Friedlander’s play with perspective, proportion, and form has always produced elegant, expressive images, and this body of work is one of his most compelling displays.

Lee Friedlander: America By Car

The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
September 4 – November 28, 2010
The exhibition is accompanied by a book published by D.A.P./Fraenkel

 Lee Friedlander,  Alaska , 2007, Gelatin silver print, 15 × 15 in.

Lee Friedlander, Alaska, 2007, Gelatin silver print, 15 × 15 in.

 Lee Friedlander,  Las Vegas, Nevada , 2007, Gelatin silver print, 15 × 15 in.

Lee Friedlander, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2007, Gelatin silver print, 15 × 15 in.

 Lee Friedlander,  Montana , 2008, Gelatin silver print, 15 × 15 in.

Lee Friedlander, Montana, 2008, Gelatin silver print, 15 × 15 in.

 Lee Friedlander,  Texas , 2006, Gelatin silver print, 15 × 15 in.

Lee Friedlander, Texas, 2006, Gelatin silver print, 15 × 15 in.

 Lee Friedlander,  Arizona , 2007, Gelatin silver print, 15 × 15 in.

Lee Friedlander, Arizona, 2007, Gelatin silver print, 15 × 15 in.

 Lee Friedlander,  California , 2008, Gelatin silver print, 15 × 15 in.

Lee Friedlander, California, 2008, Gelatin silver print, 15 × 15 in.

 Lee Friedlander,  California , 2008, Gelatin silver print, 15 × 15 in.

Lee Friedlander, California, 2008, Gelatin silver print, 15 × 15 in.

Meredith Hudson