“OUR WORK IS FROM THE SAME HOUSE”: FRIEDLANDER’S FIRST BOOK OF PHOTOGRAPHS, SIGNED BY HIM
FRIEDLANDER, Lee and DINE, Jim. Work from the Same House. Photographs & Etchings. London: Trigram, (1969). Slim quarto, original cream paper wrappers. $1600.
First trade edition of Friedlander’s first book of photographs, signed by him on the half title— a collaboration between Lee Friedlander and artist Jim Dine, with 16 complementary pairs of images by the two artists on facing pages.
Lee Friedlander’s work “burst into maturity in 1962,” when he awakened photography to a new playfulness, turning the everyday and “familiar photographic errors into beguiling puns and puzzles” (MoMA). “He loves anomalies, quirks, and examples of our ‘best intentions’ that have gone astray” (Icons of Photography, 144). That desire to reinvent the ordinary and to challenge the divide between art and artist found kinship in friend and artist Jim Dine, whose “The Smiling Workman” (1960) and subsequent works shaped New York’s avant-garde throughout the 1960s. This seven-year collaboration between the two artists, photographs by Friedlander and etchings by Dine, “illustrate one another and have to be seen together.” Some of Friedlander’s images also appeared a year later in his Self Portrait. Issued simultaneously with a limited portfolio edition of only 75 sets. See Roth, 198; Parr & Badger, 258.
Interior clean and bright; light soiling to covers. A highly desirable signed copy.