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Lee Friedlander collection

Identifier: AG 117

Scope and Contents

The Lee Friedlander collection contains two boxes of materials related to Friedlander’s life and career, including materials from the creation of his Jazz and Blues portfolio.


  • 1948


Language of Materials

Material in English

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Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission from the copyright owner (which could be the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates or literary executors) prior to any copyright-protected uses of the collection.

The user agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Arizona Board of Regents, the University of Arizona, Center of Creative Photography, including its officers, employees, and agents, from and against all claims made relating to copyright or other intellectual property infringement

Biographical Note

Lee Friedlander is an American photographer and artist. Friedlander was born on July 14, 1934 in Aberdeen, Washington. He studied photography at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Friedlander moved to New York City in 1956 to photograph jazz artists for their record covers. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1960 to focus on his art, and was awarded subsequent grants in 1962 and 1977.

Friedlander is most well-known for his devolvement in capturing the “social landscape.” He would photograph streets, billboards, and fragmented store-fronts to capture the essence of modern life. In 1963 Friedlander was given his first solo exhibition at George Eastman House by Nathan Lyons, Assistant Director and Curator of Photography at the International Museum of Photography. In 1967, Friedlander was a key figure in the "New Documents" exhibition, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York along with Garry Winogrand and Diane Arbus, curated by John Szarkowski.

The collection of photography by Friedlander is on loan to the CCP by the artist himself.


1.25 Linear Feet

Metadata Rights Declarations

  • License: This record is made available under an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Creative Commons license.


This collection contains miscellaneous materials pertaining to the life and career of Lee Friedlander (1934- ), photographer. Each group of materials will be described separately. The collection is active.


The Collection is arranged into the following series:

  1. Subgroup 1, n.d, 1948

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection is on loan from Lee Friedlander since 1986.

Related Materials

There are a number of Lee Friedlander prints in the CCP Fine Print collection, including prints from The American Monuments series.

Processing Information

The materials in Series 1 were withdrawn from MISCELLANEOUS SMALL COLLECTIONS (AG 8, Subgroup 28) by Kristi Bradford, June 1990. The finding aid was updated by Tai Huesgen in 2019 and 2020.

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Repository Details

Part of the Center for Creative Photography Archives Repository

1030 N. Olive RD
Tucson Arizona 85721 United States