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Playing for the Benefit of the Band: New Orleans Music Cultureby Lee Friedlander
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Lee Friedlander (b. 1934) is one of the most renowned photographers of his generation.and#160;Through Friedlanderandrsquo;s lens, people in their everyday environments are transformed into arresting portraits, and the banal features of roadsides, storefronts, and city streets become vivid scenery.and#160;In Dressing Up, Friedlander ventures into new territory, turning his eye to the rarefied world of fashion and revealing precisely what is commonplace about it: behind the glamorous spectacle of the runway are many people hard at work.
The photographs, commissioned by the New York Times Magazine, were taken in 2006 during New York Fashion Week, when the artist spent time backstage at the Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Zac Posen, Oscar de la Renta, and Proenza Schouler shows. The resulting images, many of which are published here for the first time, depict a flurry of toiling stylists, dressers, makeup artists, photographers, and modelsandmdash;all of them preparing, but not quite prepared, for an image to be taken. Lovers of photography and high-end fashion will be surprised and intrigued by this inside glimpse into the world of runway design.
This revised and expanded edition of a classic book presents over 200 lively photographs of jazz performers, bands, and clubs in New Orleans that hold crossover appeal for lovers of both photography and jazz.
This photographic collection of candid black-and-white portraits by the renowned photographer Lee Friedlander goes behind the scenes to showcase the many hands at work during New York Fashion Week.
Lee Friedlander (b. 1934) first visited the birthplace of jazz in 1957, and immediately set about photographing the aging pioneers of the art form. His love of the music and the people of New Orleans drew him back to the city, and the relationships he formed over time gave him intimate access to a scene that forged one of Americaand#8217;s most original artistic traditions. A revised and expanded edition of his 1992 monograph The Jazz People of New Orleans, Playing for the Benefit of the Band features over 200 photographs taken by Friedlander between 1957 and 1982, many of which are published here for the first time. Storied figures such as Duke Ellington and Mahalia Jackson have been captured by Friedlanderand#8217;s disarming lens, and Sweet Emma Barrett, Sister Gertrude Morgan, Johnny St. Cyr, and other luminaries are seen in their homes and the back rooms in which they gathered to play. Also included are photographs of the cityand#8217;s second-line parades, whose jubilant dancing has long been a defining aspect of New Orleans jazz culture.and#160;
About the Author
Lee Friedlander is a photographer based in Rockland County, New York.
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