Lee Friedlander quote

"It fascinates me that there is a variety of feeling about what I do. I'm not a premeditative photographer. I see a picture and I make it. If I had a chance, I'd be out shooting all the time. You don't have to go looking for pictures. The material is generous. You go out and the pictures are staring at you."

Lee Friedlander

Born: July 14, 1934

Occupation: Photographer

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