Mr. Friedlander is a skilled photographer, and I like his photos, but I wish he had used color film in more than a few of them. Dr. Edward Allen included The Annotated Lolita in the required reading list of his graduate-level course "Novels of the American Road" at the University of South Dakota in the 1990s, along with Least Heat-Moon's Blue Highways, Steinbeck's Travels With Charley, and of course Kerouac's On The Road.
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Subject: Friedlander, "America by Car" Date: Sat, 4 Sep 2010 10:45:04 -0400 From: Stephen Blackwell <sblackwe@UTK.EDU> To: <nabokv-l@LISTSERV.UCSB.EDU>
Photographer Lee Friedlander's show "America by Car" opens today at the
Whitney Museum in New York City. The photographs in the show and the
accompanying book show Friedlander's vision of the US through the
windows and mirrors of his various rental cars over the last 15 years.
Although there is no explicit connection to anything Nabokovian (as far
as I know), the scenes he captures in this show, and in his older car
images dating back to the 1960s, make me think of the Nabokovs driving
around the US, as well as Humbert's and Dolly's trips. The humor and
shadowy presence of the photographer in these works also seem to express
a sort of kinship with VN . . .
See the New York Times story and about seven shots from the Whitney show
View about 96 Friedlander images from his entire career here:
These are beautiful, thought- and laughter-provoking photographs,
very much in VN's spirit. Enjoy!
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