Lee Friedlander (American, born 1934)
Gelatin silver print; 6 3/4 x 9 3/4 in. (17.2 x 24.8 cm)
Purchase, Joyce and Robert Menschel Gift, 1993 (1993.360)
© Lee Friedlander, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
This image was included in Friedlander's first book of photographs, Self Portrait (1970), in which each picture contained either a shadow or a reflection of the photographer. By including a trace of his presence within the frame, Friedlander acknowledged his role as a participant in the social landscape that he photographed, thereby disturbing the illusion of objective transparency normally associated with documentary photography.