Frederick Law Olmsted who became a housold name amongst art critics some decades following his death in 1903 with his intruiging stye and exceptional postmodern art, especially when Robert Smithson, the earthwork pioneer, declared that he found Olmsted more interesting than Duchamp. Since then Olmstead has been at the forefront of the art world and in the early 1980s photographer Lee Friedlander, best known for his relentless exploration of the American vernacular – nowhere street scenes, spectral television sets, caustic self-portraits – began to develop his own interest in Olmsted, photographing Central Park as part of a growing body of landscape work. Now Friedlander presents “Lee Friedlander: A Ramble in Olmsted Parks” will run Jan. 22 through May 11 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art truely worth checking out if you are around.
Friedlander added “The subject itself,” he wrote of landscape, “is simply perfect, and no matter how well you manage as a photographer, you will only ever give a hint as to how good the real thing is. We photographers don’t really make anything: we peck at the world and try to find something curious or wild or beautiful that might fit into what the medium of photography can hold.”
“The photographs of these places,” he added, “are a hint, just a blink at a piece of the real world. At most, an aphrodisiac.”
Info from NY Times