NEW YORK CITY (STORE WINDOW)
signed and annotated in pencil and with the photographer's '44 South Mountain Rd., New City, New York' studio, copyright/reproduction rights, and print date stamps on the reverse, 1960 (Lee Friedlander, Street: The Human Clay, pl. 132)
6 by 9½ in. (15.2 by 24.1 cm.)
This early print is in generally excellent condition. When examined closely in raking light, the following are visible: very subtle silvering in the darkest areas, mostly near the edges; a cluster of pinpoint-sized impressions that do not appear to break the emulsion in the left portion and near the right edge; and a fingerprint at the center of the right edge of the image.
The margin edges are slightly curled. As is typical of the photographer's early work, this print was trimmed from a larger sheet of photographic paper and the lower margin is shorn. There are hard creases to the upper left and lower right margin corners, and the center of the upper edge is gently bumped.
There is some minor soiling on the reverse. The photographer's print date stamp reads 'Printed 1960s.' The annotations in pencil read as follows: '665 1/2'; '/matt pos'; '92.'
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
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The photographs offered in this and the next lot come from the collection of Charlotte Gordon, mixed media artist, sculptor, and one of the first female Art Directors in the New York magazine industry. In the 1950s as Art Director for Seventeen Magazine, Gordon worked closely with artists such as Andy Warhol, Garry Winogrand, Lee Friedlander, Joel Meyerowitz, and R. O. Blechman. Gordon and her husband Harry, the inventor of Poster Dresses, formed a close, lifelong friendship with Friedlander and his wife, Maria. This bond continued in the decades after the Gordon family moved to Europe in the 1960s through visits and the exchange of letters and artwork.