Glen E. Friedman
|Glen E. Friedman|
|Born||Glen Ellis Friedman
March 3, 1962
Glen E. Friedman (born March 3, 1962) is an American photographer and artist.
Friedman has photographed rebellious 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. Although this work is documentary by association, he considers the work to be fine art photography, which his most recent work exhibits more obviously.
Friedman's photography has been published in six of his books as well as in other publications, on record covers, and has been exhibited in art galleries and museums. His work is held in the photography collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. He has been inducted as an "Icon" into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame.
As a child Friedman skateboarded in the West Los Angeles schoolyards of Santa Monica, California. 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 take 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 shot their publicity material and album covers, including the covers of Beastie Boys’ Check Your Head, Public Enemy’s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and Minor Threat’s Salad Days. 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 (to be released in 2015). Himself.
Major Solo Exhibitions
- Fuck You All,
- 1997 Institute of Contemporary Arts, London,
- 1998 Sydney, Tokyo, Rome, Florence, Milan,
- 1999 Berlin, Stockholm, Chicago,
- 2000 Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Stockholm
- 2002 Los Angeles,
- 2007 Antwerp, Belgium,
- 2009 Krakow, Poland,
- 2010 Dublin and San Francisco 
- 2014 Canary Islands, Spain
- The Idealist,
- 2004 Los Angeles
- Idealist Propaganda,
- 2008: Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles. Retrospective exhibition.
- My Rules,
- 2014/2015: ATP Gallery at 14 Henrietta St, London, 21 November 2014 – 18 January 2015.
Friedman's work is held in the following public collections:
Publications with significant contributions by Friedman
- Total Chaos: The Art And Aesthetics of Hip-Hop, Basic Civitas Books, 2007, ISBN 0-465-00909-3
- Get in the Van: On the Road With Black Flag, Henry Rollins, 2.13.61 Publications, 1994, ISBN 1-880985-23-3
- Declaration of Independents: Snowboarding, Skateboarding & Music-An Intersection of Cultures, Chronicle Books, 2001, ISBN 0-8118-2997-9
- Def Jam, Inc.: Russell Simmons, Rick Rubin, and the Extraordinary Story of the World's Most Influential Hip-Hop Label, One World/Ballantine, 2005, ISBN 0-345-46804-X
- Jay-Boy: Classic photographs, Jay Adams (stepfather), Kent Sherwood, Concrete Wave Editions, 2006, ISBN 0-9735286-6-4
- Life and Def: Sex, Drugs, Money, + God, Russel Simmons, Crown, 2001, ISBN 0-609-60607-7
- Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981–1991, Little, Brown, 2001, ISBN 0-316-06379-7
- Super X Media Combine, First Point Productions, 2004
- Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art And Street Culture, D.A.P./Iconoclast, 2005, ISBN 1-933045-30-2
- Banned in DC: Photos and Anecdotes from the DC Punk Underground, Sun Dog Propaganda, 1998, ISBN 0-9620944-0-4
- Dysfunctional, Booth-Clibborn Editions, 1999 ISBN 1-86154-053-1
- The Book of Hip-Hop Cover Art, Mitchell Beazley (publisher), 2004, ISBN 1-84000-919-5
- Occupying Architecture: Between the Architect and the User, Routledge, 1998, ISBN 0-415-16816-3
- Tougher than Leather: The Rise of Run-DMC, ConSafos Press, 2002, ISBN 0-9656535-6-0
- The Philosophy Of Punk: More Than Noise, AK Press, ISBN 1-873176-16-3
- The Sneaker Book, Booth-Clibborn, 1998, ISBN 1-86154-167-8
- Five Decades of Rock X-Posed: Attitude In Pictures, Kodak Rock Photography Collection, 2000
- Mix Tape: The Art of Cassette Culture, Universe, 2005, ISBN 0-7893-1199-2
- Stoked: The Evolution of Action Sports, Empire, 2006, ISBN 0-9779008-2-7
- Rockin' Down the Highway: The Cars and People That Made Rock Roll, Voyageur Press, 2006, ISBN 0-7603-2292-9
- Radio Silence: A Selected Visual History of American Hardcore Music, MTV Press, 2008, ISBN 978-1-57687-472-1
- DEFinition: The Art and Design of Hip-Hop, Harper Design, 2008, ISBN 978-0-06-143885-1
- Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955–Present, 2009, Knopf, ISBN 978-0-307-27016-0
- The Boombox Project: The Machines, the Music, and the Urban Underground, Lyle Owerko and Spike Lee, Abrams Image, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8109-8275-8
- Maximum Rad: The Iconic Covers of Thrasher Magazine,Thrasher magazine and Craig Stecyk, Rizzoli, Universe, 2012, ISBN 978-0-7893-2432-0
Quotes about Friedman
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- "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
- Child, Ben (8 June 2011). "Banksy documentary no hoax, Thierry Guetta lawsuit suggests". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
- Cooper, Leonie. "Glen E Friedman: playing by his own rules". Dazed. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
- Glen E. Friedman. "Official Biography". Retrieved May 1, 2011.
- 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.
- "Newly Acquired Glen E. Friedman Photographs Capture the Searing Energy of the Nascent Hardcore and Skateboarding Scenes". bampfa.berkeley.edu.
- "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.
- Fuck You Heroes 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, 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.
- "Photo Ireland Festival, Photo Ireland
- Weiss, Jeff (December 14, 2008). "Idealist Propaganda: The Raw Power of Glen E. Friedman". LA Weekly.
- 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.
- 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
- Exclaim.ca – Sept. 2007 Interview with Guy Picciotto and Glen E. Friedman
- Glen E. Friedman at the Internet Movie Database