© James Friedman 2012Minor White, photographer, and self-portrait, Arlington, Massachusetts, 1976
I am very pleased that Ulf has invited me to become an author for 591. I have admired the superb and wide-ranging presentations on 591 and marvel at Ulf''s uncommon ability to have created such a unique and energetic forum for photographers and the medium.
Like many of my generation, I began photographing at an early age. And, like many American families in the 1950s, we had a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera and that was what I used. The first time I looked through the camera's viewfinder as a five year old, I was hooked: the world, as translated through the lens, appeared balanced and harmonious, traits that provided much needed comfort to me as a child and throughout my life.
© James Friedman 2012 Tina Turner, Columbus, Ohio, 1969
After completing school and beginning to work on self-directed projects while teaching at an American university, slowly I began to understand what Minor White had tried to tell me: that it would take years of immeasurable study and unending practice to comprehend how to adapt photography's inherent idiosyncrasies to my particular way of picturing the world.
However, I find it curious that some of my most enduring work (and photographs to which Minor White responded positively) was done in the earliest stages of my involvement in photography without having spent years refining my craft. I never had the opportunity to ask Minor White about that.
© James Friedman 2012My Last Door (inspired by painter Georgia O'Keeffe), Santa Fe, New Mexico
Recipient of the Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer's Fellowship (selected from 800 international applicants)
Recipient of 7 Individual Excellence Awards from the Ohio Arts Council
Nominated for the "Excellence in Photographic Teaching Award" that recognizes outstanding international teachers of photography
---I am glad to receive James, a renowned photographer and teacher of photography as a member of our circle of authors. His long experience and fresh view on photography will benefit to the development of 591 Photography. If you are a regular viewer of 591, you may already have come across pictures by James Friedman. I am a great fan of his work.
It's an honour to have you here in our group. Welcome James!. - Mr Urbano (aka Ulf Fågelhammar)