James Friedman

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As a five-year old using a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera, I took a self-portrait, became fascinated with photography and have been photographing ever since. Self-taught in photography until college, I was a participant in The Ohio State University Honors Program and earned a B.F.A. degree with Distinction in Photography. Subsequently, I was chosen to participate in Toward A Whole Photography, an experimental graduate program directed by Minor White at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Later, while earning an M.A. degree in photography from San Francisco State University, I worked as an assistant to Imogen Cunningham, one of the preeminent figures in the history of photography.
As a teacher, curator, picture editor, and as a fine art, portrait, architectural, commercial and personal documentary photographer, I have enjoyed a wide-ranging career in photography. My work has been exhibited internationally and been published in numerous books and discussed in Artforum, Arts, Afterimage, The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Village Voice and The New York Times. Selected from 800 international applicants, I was awarded the Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer’s Fellowship and have been the recipient of seven Individual Excellence Awards from the Ohio Arts Council. I was selected as the winner of the 2011 Governor’s Award for the Arts in Ohio, honoring an individual artist whose work has made a significant impact on his discipline nationally, regionally or statewide. In 2008 and 2012, as an independent photographic educator, I was nominated for the prestigious Excellence in Photographic Teaching Award that recognizes outstanding international teachers of photography.
I offer classes, workshops and individual instruction in photography. I will consider proposals for commissioned projects of all kinds, including fine art, architectural, fashion, curatorial and documentary assignments, photography for publication, and large-scale murals for interior or exterior commercial and residential spaces. I create memorable photographic portraits, which include the celebrated such as Andy Warhol and Tina Turner as well as lesser-known but equally vibrant subjects.

Curiosity led me to cut my collection of golf balls in half to see what the cores looked like. To my surprise, what I found inside inspired me to consider that I could discover, in the unlikeliest of places, elegant formal qualities and surprising metaphorical possibilities. Interior Design has moved me to be enthusiastic about abstraction, an exciting corollary to my work as a documentary photographer.

James Friedman