Purple Art

[June 9 2022]

“American Musicians,” an exhibition by Lee Friedlander at Luhring Augustine Tribeca

As an in-house photographer for Atlantic Records in New York during the ‘50s, Friedlander managed to capture some of America’s greatest musical legends: Aretha Franklin, Miles Davis, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash and Louis Armstrong, to name a few. Friedlander documented the musicians in all aspects of their lives and work —recording in the studio, performing, on tour, as well as more intimate behind-the-scenes images and portraits— thereby creating a striking visual imagery of the American urban social landscape of the ‘60s and ‘70s.

All images © Lee Friedlander; Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, and Luhring Augustine, New York

“American Musicians” is on view until August 5 at Luhring Augustine Tribeca, 17 White Street, New York

Photos by Lee Friedlander

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