30 Aug 2020

Marti Friedlander's Portraits of Artists

From Standing Room Only, 2:47 pm on 30 August 2020

Portraiture is one of the trickiest artforms - to get beyond the surface of a face into the soul.

Photographer Marti Friedlander was an expert, and many of her black and white images - especially of other artists and writers - are often seen in publications even now.

Dr Leonard Bell, art historian and writer, has taken on the job of bringing more than 250 of Marti's photographs - the well known and the never before seen - together in one book.  It's called Portraits of Artists. 

There's an exhibition at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery in Wellington to accompany the book.

Leonard tells Lynn Freeman he's written about Marti Friedlander before and knew her work well.

Marti Friedlander Portraits of the Artists is published by Auckland University Press.