Anthony Friedkin

Born 1949 in Los Angeles, USA, Friedkin currently lives and works in Los Angeles.


Anthony Friedkin uses his camera as a means of personal discovery. His full frame black & white photographs explore the many mysteries of moments in time. He creates his own distinctive exhibition prints in his darkroom. He says of his work, “I believe in extraordinary photographs that draw you in and cannot be easily defined-celebrating perception and its many hidden layers of reality”. 

Informed by the works of Atget, Kertesz, and Josef Koudelka, he moves gracefully among disparate worlds – from surrealistic sets of Hollywood to the shores of the tempestuous Pacific Ocean. 

Friedkin has had countless exhibition over the years, such as at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Laguna Art Museum, CA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, or Museum Folkwang, Essen. He received the National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship Grant, as well as the Eastman Kodak Company-Special Endorsement Grant, and his works can be found in collections such the J.Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Museum of photographic Arts, San Diego, or the The George Eastman Collection, Rhode Island, to name a few.


Approached photography autodidactic


APERION, Millerton, New York, NY     

Selected solo exhibitions


Timekeeper, Christophe Guye Galerie, Zürich, CH


The Wave Portfolio, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, USA



The Gay Essay, de Young, Fine Art Museum of San Francisco, USA


The Surfing Essay, Drkrm Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

TIMEKEEPER, Gallery 478, San Pedro, CA



Silvia White Gallery, California (CA)



Days before Katrina, Photographs of New Orleans before the Hurricane, The Photo Impact Gallery, Hollywood (CA)



Incarceration, Photos from Folsom Prison, Harbor College Fine Art gallery, Los Angeles (CA)



Timekeeper, Retrospective Exhibition of Photographs by Anthony Friedkin, Stephen Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles (CA)


The N.Y.C. Brothel Essay (photos from 1988-1992), Gallery 478, San Pedro, California (CA) 



Anthony Friedkin Photographs, Photo Impact Gallery, Santa Monica (CA)



Photographs from Selected Essays, The S.K. Josefberg Gallery, Portland (OR)

Sea Changes by Anthony Friedkin, Photo Impact Gallery, Hollywood (CA)



The Gay Essay / Vintage photographs from the Gay essay, Stephen Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles (CA)

Past & Present, West Beach Cafe, Venice (CA)



American Me, Photo Impact gallery, Hollywood (CA)



Anthony Friedkin Photographs: A Twenty-Year Retrospective Exhibition, The G. Ray Hawkins Gallery, Los Angeles (CA)



Los Angeles: Photographs by Anthony Friedkin, Central Library, Los Angeles (CA) 



The Surfing Essay and the Hollywood Essay, The Min Gallery, Tokyo (Japan) 



Costume, Photographs from the Hollywood Series, LA Nicola, Los Angeles (CA)

West Beach Cafe, Venice (CA)



The Surfing Essay, USC Atelier Gallery, Santa Monica (CA)



Desire, Selected Photographs of Artist Wayne Holwick, Camera Vision Gallery, Los Angeles (CA)

4X5 Photographs, Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies, Los Angeles (CA)

Celluliod Verite, a Photographic Survey of the Hollywood Studios, Malibu Art & Design Center, Malibu (CA)     

Selected group exhibitions



Gallery Selections, Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, (CA), USA


Drawn to Light, Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, (CA), USA


Road Trip: Photography of the American West, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France


Camera Night at the Ivar, DRKRM Gallery, LA (CA)

Backyard Oasis: The Swimming Pool in Southern Califoria Photography, 1945-1982, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm (CA)



In Focus: Los Angeles, 1945-1980, Getty Center, Los Angeles(CA)

Yea Big: small works, COHEN Gallery, Los Angeles (CA)

Cruising the Archive: Queer Art and Culture in Los Angeles, 1945-1980: Wink Wink, ONE Archives Gallery & Museum, Los Angeles (CA)



Inaugural Exhibition, Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich



The Photographer's Eve: A Way of Seeing, The Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego (CA)

Love Me – Group Show, DRKRM Gallery, Los Angeles (CA)

Natura Viva, Stephen Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles (CA)



The Seventies Revisited, dnj gallery, Los Angeles (CA)

The Laguna Art Museum, Art Benefit

For the Museum, Laguna (CA)



Summer Skin, Celebrating Nude, The Stephen Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles (CA)



Photographs of Venice California, Equator Books Gallery, Venice (CA)

Inaugural Exhibition, Amador Gallery, New York City (NY)



Homage to 9-11, Gallery 478, San Pedro (CA)



International Surf Museum, Huntington Beach (CA)

Surf Culture, The Art History of Surfing, The Honolulu Modern Museum of Art, Honolulu (HI)

La Nudes 8, Photo Impact Gallery, Hollywood (CA)

Ocean View. The depiction of Southern California Costal Lifestyle, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach (CA)

Freeze Frame, Photographs from the Society of Motion Picture Still Photographers, The Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana (CA)

Ocean View: The Depiction of Southern California Costal Lifestyles, The Gene Autrey Museum of Western Heritage, Los Angeles (CA)

Surf Culture, The Art History of Surfing, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach (CA)



Surf Culture - The Art History of Surfing, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose (CA)



Czech Center of Photography, Prague (Czech Republic)

Banned and Barred, Gallery 431, Laguna Beach, CA

Made in California - Art, Image and Identity 1900-2000, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles (CA)



Between Takes: Images, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Beverly Hills (CA)



Surf Culture, The SK Josefberg Gallery, Portland (OR)

Summer Heat, The Photo Impact gallery, Hollywood (CA)

The Society of Motion Picture Still Photographers: Still Frames, The G. Ray Hawkins gallery, Los Angeles (CA)



Ocean View, University of CA Riverside, Riverside (CA)



Three Photographers, The Randahl Scott TBA Gallery, Los Angeles (CA)

California, Photographs about California Culture, The Directors Guild of America, Hollywood (CA)



The Formative Decade-Photographs from 1964 to 1974, The G. Ray Hawkins Gallery, Los Angeles (CA)

LA – A group of works by 17 painters and photographers, UCLA Campus, Ackerman Auditorium, Los Angeles (CA)



Picture Hollywood, Photographs about the Art of Cinema, Biarritz (France)

Photography in California 1945-1980, San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco (CA)



Museum of Photographic Studies, San Diego (CA)



Musée National d'Art Modern, Centre Georges Pomipidou, Paris (France)



Akron Art Museum (OH)

Corcoran Art Gallery, Washington D.C. (US)

Herbert E Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, New York (NY)

Museum Folkwang, Essen (West Germany)



Los Angeles Seen, University of Southern California's Main Art Gallery, Los Angeles (CA)



Contemporary Masters of Photography, Jewish Community Building, Los Angeles (CA)



The Artist as Social Critic, Barnsdall Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles (CA)



Faculty Exhibition, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia (CA)



Photographers – an Exhibition, California State University at Northridge, Northridge (CA)

Two Photographers, Photo Exchange Gallery, New Orleans (LA)

24 From Los Angeles, San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco (CA)



Prediction, Barnsdall Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles (CA)




Still Photographers

Society of Motion Picture



Looking at Los Angeles

Metropolis Books



Anthony Friedkin: Timekeeper

Julian Cox

Enton Publishing, Los Angeles, CA



Anthony Friedkin

Gallery Min



Anthony Friedkin

Anthony Johnstone, Mark; Ishiwata, Maya; Friedkin, Anthony

Gallery Min; First Edition     



J.Paul Getty Museum, Photography Department, Los Angeles, CA

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Photographic collection, Los Angeles, CA

Laguna Art Museum, Laguna beach, CA

Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA

Museum of photographic Arts, San Diego, CA

Los Angeles Central Libraries Special, CA

Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences, Beverly Hills, CA

Seagram Collection, New York, NY

Grunwald Collection at the University of California, Los Angeles, CA

Wells Fargo Bank Collection

Graham Nash Collection

Al Dorskind Trust

Edward James Olmos Collection

Robert Maguire Collection~Museum of Modern Art, Tel Aviv, Israel

The George Eastman Collection, RI

Cornell University, The Herbert F. Johnson Museum

UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

City of Santa Monica's Art Collection, SM, CA

Law Firm of Edward Woods & Assoc. Beverly Hills, CA

Law Firm of Nossaman, Gunther, Know & Elliot LLP, Los Angeles, CA