Two Views: Atget & Friedlander


Lee Friedlander, New Orleans, 1969. Gift of J. Michael Parish, Class of 1965, and Ellen Parish, on the occasion of the 250th Anniversary of Princeton University (1997-53). © Lee Friedlander, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

Peter Bunnell, Princeton University professor emeritus of the history of photography and modern art, has drawn upon the Museum's photography collection to offer visitors a fresh perspective on works by Eugène Atget (1857-1927) and Lee Friedlander (born 1934).

These two great masters share an instinct for abstraction, fragmentation, and a belief in the potential of photographic description, as well as a commitment to examining the social landscape of their own, distinct times. Many of the photographs on view have never before been exhibited in the galleries.