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Victor Friedman (b.1930)

Victor Friedman was born to Russian immigrant Jewish parents in The Bronx in May of 1930. He spent most of his youth in Brooklyn where he met and married his high school girlfriend, Leah Kornfeld. They were married in 1950 and he began a career as a hairdresser. Friedman had an urge to create art and enrolled in evening classes at the Brooklyn Museum Art School, studying painting and drawing with William Keinbusch and Ruben Tam. While searching for a camera in order to document his work, he "fell in love with photography."

As a photographer, Victor Friedman is largely self-taught. An avid reader, he read every book on the subject he could find. He does, however, acknowledge the help of a good friend and photographer, George Aptecker, who showed him the basics of the camera and darkroom work. During this period, he frequented museums and galleries studying the work of twentieth-century master photographers, including W. Eugene Smith, Lewis Hines, Walker Evans, Andre Kertesz, and Paul Strand. In order to support his family, he continued his career as a hairdresser for the prestigious Kenneth Beauty Salon in Manhattan, but he continued his photography work on evenings and weekends. He had his first show at the Brooklyn Museum with George Aptecker in 1969.

His early work covered the areas in which he grew up and frequented as a youth: the streets of Brooklyn, the Lower East Side, and Coney Island. He then began photographing the Hassidic community and its celebrations. After building a home in eastern Long Island in 1969, he expanded his subjects to include landscapes and seascapes, which culminated in a portfolio of photogravures he produced in 1981 entitled Nova Scotia. According to the artist, "My choice of subjects were and continue to be derived from spontaneous encounters in the streets and back roads of my personal environments and journeys." His newest work, abstract figurative and still life photography combines his training as a painter with his love of photography into cubist compositions. These new photographs exhibit Friedman's keen sense of composition and his exceptional ability in the darkroom.

He taught photography at the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton from 1980-1985 and continues to teach private workshops. He is a member of The Artists' Alliance of East Hampton.

Artist statement:
Always using available light, I desire to merge the natural grace and beauty of the figure with still life, found objects and musical instruments. Relying on the techniques of collage, hand coloring, drawing and toning as well as on the mysterious surprises that only the darkroom can reveal, I pursue the goal of creating a harmonious image for each portrait. - - Victor Friedman

Exhibitions: Magazines & Publications:
June Batemen Gallery, Portraits 2002
Art in Embassies, German Embassy, Berlin, 2002
Hubert Gallery North, 2001
The Museum of the City of New York,
Dressing for A New York City Childhood,
Yellow House Gallery, 2000
Gallery North, Setaucket, N.Y. 1999
Port Washington Library, 1997
The Witkin Gallery, 1997
University of Haifa Art Gallery, Israel, 1987
Parrish Art Museum, 1980
West Publishing Company
McGraw-Hill Book Company
Harper & Row Publications
Time Magazine
New York Times Op Ed Page
Psychology Today
Sociology Journal
Camera 35
Popular Photography

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