Anthony Friedkin

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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 inhis 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”.


"Anthony Friedkin's (*1949, USA) philosophy of picture-making builds squarely on the tradition established by the originator of the "decisive moment" in photography, Henri Cartier-Bresson. Although separated by language, culture and at least four decades in age, both men share an insatiable joy of looking. Cartier-Bresson's approach to the medium provides an apposite pathway into Friedkin's visual world: "To take photographs is to hold one's breath when all faculties converge in the face of a fleeing reality. It is at that moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."

– Julian Cox, senior Curator of Photography, Fine Arts Museums San Francisco


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.