Friedlander's photogravures produced at the Neiman Center are refined etchings of photographs taken at the Staglieno cemetery near Genoa, Italy. The photographs capture dust settling on funerary sculptures that convey deeply private and quiet moments between a mother and her child, two lovers, on the face of a praying woman, or in the posture of grief and reflection on the face of a man. The photogravure prints are a study of portraiture of stone, and preserve the stillness and texture of aged sculpture.
Born in 1934 in Aberdeen, Washington, Lee Friedlander makes his home in New City, New York. One of the most esteemed contemporary photographers, he has received several grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, is a three-time recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and has been honored with a MacArthur award. He was the first photographer to receive the MacDowell Medal for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts. Friedlander was a pioneer in photographing what he calls "the American social landscape," and his work is best known for its formal innovation and complexity. His photographs have been exhibited in many solo shows internationally, including a major retrospective of his work at the Museum of Modern Art in 2005, and are included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.