Lee Friedlander (American, born 1934)
Gelatin silver print; 9 1/4 x 6 1/8 in. (23.5 x 15.5 cm)
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1995 (1995.168.2)
© Lee Friedlander, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
In the early 1960s, Friedlander made a small series of photographs of television sets while traveling across America on two Guggenheim Foundation fellowships and on editorial assignment for several popular men's magazines. The witty, often ironic pictures provide intuitive commentary on the then-new medium as "the plug-in drug"; most were made in an appropriately modern, artificial spacea motel roomwhich is at once bedroom, living room, and theater.