Atlantic City, New Jersey

1971
Lee Friedlander (American, born in 1934)


Dimensions

Image: 19.0 x 28.4 cm (7 1/2 x 11 3/16 in.) Sheet: 28.1 x 35.4 cm (11 1/16 x 13 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

1983.262

Medium or Technique

Photograph, gelatin silver print

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Contemporary Art, Photography

Classifications

Photographs

Lee Friedlander, like many who came of age in the 1950s, fell under the spell of photographers of the American social landscape who had come before him, especially Walker Evans and Robert Frank. Friedlander’s dispassionate approach to his complex, yet everyday subjects is enhanced by the tendency of his wide-angle lens to compress each picture’s disparate elements into an often uneasy alliance. The eccentric cropping and layering in this image of Atlantic City creates a kaleidoscopic effect in which billboards and photographs vie for our attention, including a picture of a woman whose dark bouffant hairdo perfectly echoes the shape of the Ferris wheel in the background.

Inscription

Signed, titled and dated in graphite; verso. Verso: artist's copyright stamp. Repr.: Lee Friedlander photographs, New City, Haywire Press, 1978, Pl. 68.

Provenance

Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA; purchased June 1983.

Credit Line

A. Shuman Collection—Abraham Shuman Fund

Copyright

Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco