Glen E. Friedman
Glen E. Friedman
Glen Ellis Friedman
March 3, 1962
Glen E. Friedman (born March 3, 1962) is an American photographer and artist.
Friedman became known for his activities within rebellious skateboarding and music cultures. Photographing artists Fugazi, Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, Circle Jerks, Minor Threat, Misfits, Bad Brains, Beastie Boys, Run-D.M.C., KRS-One, and Public Enemy, as well as classic skateboarding originators Tony Alva, Jay Adams, Alan Gelfand, Duane Peters, and Stacy Peralta, among others.
Friedman's photography has been published in eight of his books as well as in many other publications, on many record covers, and has been exhibited in art galleries and museums. His work is held in numerous photography collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. He has been inducted as an "Icon" into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame.
As a pre-teen Friedman rode skateboards in the schoolyards of West Los Angeles along with others that would revolutionize the activity. Whilst in junior high school, in the fall of 1976, Friedman corralled some of his friends, who were beginning to be featured in magazines, into riding in an empty swimming pool so he could make pictures. He showed the results to a freelance SkateBoarder writer, who put Friedman in touch with the editor. SkateBoarder published photographs by Friedman as a full-page subscription advertisement. He soon after became their youngest staff member.
Several years later Friedman began to photograph at punk shows. Black Flag received some of their first media documentation through Friedman's work. In 1981 he photographed his first record album cover, Adolescents by Adolescents. Friedman's first, self-published punk zine, My Rules: Photozine (1982), sold 10,000 copies and was the largest selling zine of the era.
In 1985 Friedman was introduced to Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons, after creating some memorable Beastie Boys photos, before they were widely known. Friedman began working with them and their newly formed Def Jam Records, promoting Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Ice T and Run-DMC. He also photographed many of their album covers and publicity materials, including the covers of Public Enemy's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Minor Threat's Salad Days and  Beastie Boys' Check Your Head,. Many of his photographs have become recognized as the subjects' definitive portraits. In 1987 he relocated back to New York.
In 2004 Friedman created the "Liberty Street Protest" at Ground Zero in New York City. Its provocative anti-war sentiment received attention internationally. It was "re-visited" in 2010 in support of Freedom of Religion, and the placement of a mosque a few blocks away from Ground Zero in New York City.
Publications by Friedman
- My Rules: Photozine. Self-published, 1982.
- Fuck You Heroes: Glen E. Friedman photographs 1976–1991. Self-published / Burning Flags, 1994. ISBN 0-9641916-0-1. A collection of his more well known photographs of skateboarding, punk, and hip hop subcultures spanning 1976 to 1991.
- Fuck You Too, The Extras & More Scrapbook. ConSafos, 1996, updated 2005. ISBN 0-9656535-0-1.
- The Idealist
- Dogtown: The Legend of the Z-Boys. Self-published / Burning Flags, 2000. ISBN 0-9641916-4-4. By C.R. Stecyk III and Friedman.
- Recognize. Self-published / Burning Flags, 2005. ISBN 0-9641916-6-0.
- Keep Your Eyes Open: The Fugazi Photographs of Glen E. Friedman. Self-published / Burning Flags, 2007. ISBN 0-9641916-8-7.
- My Rules. Rizzoli, 2014. ISBN 0847843556. A different publication to the 1982 publication of the same name.
Films with contributions by Friedman
- Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001). Co-producer and creative consultant
- No No: A Dockumentary (2014). Associate producer and creative consultant.
- Saving Banksy (2017). Himself.
- Obey Giant (2017). Himself.
Major solo exhibitions
- Fuck You All, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, 1997; Sydney, 1998; Tokyo, 1998; Rome, 1998; Florence, 1998; Milan, 1998; Berlin, 1999; Stockholm, 1999; Chicago, 1999; Washington, D.C., 2000; Philadelphia, 2000; Stockholm, 2000; Los Angeles, 2002; Antwerp, Belgium, 2007; Krakow, Poland, 2009; Dublin, 2010; San Francisco, 2010; Canary Islands, Spain, 2014.
- The Idealist, Los Angeles, 2004
- Idealist Propaganda, Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles, 2008  Retrospective exhibition.
- My Rules, ATP Gallery at 14 Henrietta St, London, 21 November 2014 – 18 January 2015.
Friedman's work is held in the following public collections:
- Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York.
- Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, California.
- Smithsonian Institution, Photographic History Collection, National Museum of American History. Washington D.C.
- Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, Texas.
- Morgan Library and Museum, New York, New York.
- Stanford University, Satnford, California.
- New York Public Library, New York, New York.
- University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California.
- Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.
- Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
- Wolfsonian-FIU, Miami Beach, Florida.
- W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Quotes about Friedman
- "The bottom line is that he was there at the beginning of so much cool stuff in so many different areas it's not funny." – Henry Rollins
- Friedman says about his work, "For me it's about inspiring people, with integrity and rebelliousness." To which, Keith Hamm of the Los Angeles Times said, "For the past quarter century, Friedman has been doing just that." – Keith Hamm, Los Angeles Times.
- "The most prolific photographer of his generation." – American Institute of Graphic Arts
- "The esoteric political and aesthetic conscience of his generation." – Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine
- "His [cloud] photos achieve what so many others only aspire to—they show the spiritual within the physical." – Adam Beinash, LA Weekly
- "Outspoken, individual, and the very best at what he does...It's time Friedman was listed alongside Capa, Bresson, and Avedon." - Candy Culture
- Moses, Jeanette (16 September 2014). "Documentary Glen E. Friedman on the Golden Eras of Skateboarding, Punk Rock, and Hip Hop". American Photo. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
- Cooper, Leonie. "Glen E Friedman: playing by his own rules". Dazed. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
- Fox, Killian (29 November 2014). "Beats, punks and stunts: the photography of Glen E Friedman". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
- "Metropolitan Museum of Art". Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved May 1, 2011.
- "2012 Skateboarding Hall of Fame Induction". Transworld Business. May 2012.
- "Skateboarding Hall of Fame 2012 Inductees". skateboardinghalloffame.org.
- "Glen E. Friedman". Herbivore Magazine. Fall 2003. Archived from the original on October 12, 2007.
- ""If it's not your life then get the fuck out" – A Chat with Glen E. Friedman (2010)". American Suburb X. November 8, 2010. Retrieved May 8, 2016.
- Glen E. Friedman. "Official Biography". Retrieved May 1, 2011.
- Fuck You Heroes Archived May 23, 2006, at the Wayback Machine. Introduction by C.R. Stecyk III
- "The Adolescents", Artistdirect. Accessed 13 June 2015.
- Kellner, Amy (1 January 2013). "Behind the Cover Photo: On Digging Up a Super-Rare Shot of Adam Yauch". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
- Warp magazine Archived May 12, 2008, at the Wayback Machine., February 1995 – Glen E. Friedman – Photos from the Edge by Ian Christie.
- Fairey, Shepard. "Rollins 81". Retrieved May 1, 2011.
- Fairey, Shepard. "Keith Morris Prints".
- Harshbarger, Rebecca (August 25, 2010). "Rap mogul's 'paned' plea for tolerance". New York Post. Archived from the original on September 27, 2010.
- "Photo Ireland Festival Archived June 27, 2010, at the Wayback Machine., Photo Ireland
- Weiss, Jeff (December 14, 2008). "Idealist Propaganda: The Raw Power of Glen E. Friedman". LA Weekly. Archived from the original on January 21, 2009.
- Fox, Killian (29 November 2014). "Glen E Friedman's photographs from the births of hip-hop and hardcore punk – in pictures". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
- The Smithsonian does not list all collections on-line, but the curator Shannon Perich was reached for confirmation.
- Fuck You Heroes Quote from book flap written by Henry Rollins
- Hamm, Keith (November 21, 2002). "It's All About Attitude". Los Angeles Times.
- American Institute of Graphic Arts 2004
- Juxtapoz, December 2003.
- LA Weekly, April 26, 2006 – Clouds' Illusions by Adam Beinash.
- Candy Culture 2006 interview by Aiden Kelly.
- Burning Flags site dedicated to Glen E. Friedman's Archive and latest information.
- Friedman Video Interview before exhibit in San Francisco, CA 2010
- Friedman Video Interview with State Radio On-Line in Dublin, Ireland 2010
- Friedman Video Interview on ARTE TV Pt. 1 of 3 Capturing Culture series, France 2016
- Friedman Video Interview on ARTE TV Pt. 2 of 3 Capturing Culture series, France 2016
- Friedman Video Interview on ARTE TV Pt. 3 of 3 Capturing Culture series, France 2016
- Glen E. Friedman on IMDb