Artist: Lee Friedlander (American, born Aberdeen, Washington, 1934)
Medium: Gelatin silver print
Dimensions: 17.2 x 24.8 cm (6 3/4 x 9 3/4 in.)
Credit Line: Purchase, Joyce and Robert Menschel Gift, 1993
Accession Number: 1993.360
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.