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FRYDLENDER, Barry

PORTRAIT-FRYDLENDERBorn in 1954 in Israel.

Lives and works in Tel-Aviv.


From the start of his artistic career in the early 1980s Barry Frydlender has been recognized as one of the leading creative forces in contemporary Israeli photography. Evolving from conventional straight photography to delayed flash images and finally to digital, his work offers a remarkable unity of thought and vision while adapting to the changes in the field, always taking great care in the choice of techniques and tools that would afford him a quasi-total control of the final image.

Was not adapting i was ahead of time [doing digital before digital still camera were available. A work of synthesis, packing action and a continuum into one visible moment endowing it with materiality, yet suspended in eternity, his synthetic images arrange in one work an array of views and actions that the still camera through its optical and mechanical limitations can not capture in one single frame. The final prints carry, in a sense, a surrealistic aura. However, they are also more real than reality as they provide a wealth of information which has already been processed by the artist: he confines a unity of action onto a two-dimensional space/surface and offers to our glance, flattening into visibility the continuum of time/space relation.


Barry Frydlender presented his work at the Rencontres d’Arles in 2005: Barry Frydlender at the église Sainte-Anne.