Issue No. 138
I first met Lee Friedlander wandering the streets of Arles in 1999 during the French city’s annual Rencontres d’Arles, one of the world’s great photo festivals. We exchanged a few words, actually very few. The conversation was by no means unpleasant, but more like a haiku, a minimal amount of words used to convey an idea. Or to use another Japanese analogy, a sumi-e painting, the use of the fewest strokes possible to create a picture.
“When I photograph, I respond to what I am seeing, and push the shutter on an almost subconscious level.”