Lee Friedlander: Mannequin and Nudes

Lee Friedlander, New York City, 2009. Gelatin silver print, 18 3/8 x 12 1/4 inches. Courtesy of Pace Macgill
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Reflections in storefront display windows have been a staple of street photography since it emerged as a genre early in the last century, the pictorial potential of this seemingly ubiquitous feature of the urban fabric irresistible to any eye beguiled by the interpenetration of indoor and outdoor space, the disjunctive recombination of anecdotal iconography, or the surfeit of visual information with which pedestrians contend. In his photographic explorations of mannequins, veteran photographer Lee Friedlander takes possession of a familiar device and makes it entirely and unmistakably his own. Reflections of the clamorous streetscape invade the dummies’ glamorous domains, so that trashcans and moving vans appear superimposed on meticulously displayed eveningwear, lingerie and furs. STEPHEN MAINE

Lee Friedlander, New York City, 2009. Gelatin silver print, 18 3/8 x 12 1/4 inches. Courtesy of Pace Macgill