Photographs by Anthony Friedkin
September 17– October 29, 2011
Reception Saturday, September 17, 7-10pm
Surfing Essay by photographer Anthony Friedkin, documents in a vivid
and personal way the Surfing culture of Southern California. Started in
the middle 1960’s, the essay explores how surfer’s lived when
they got out of the ocean and crossed the Pacific Coast Highway.
A native Southern Californian and an avid surfer himself Friedkin used
his camera as a means of personal discovery and continues to do so. The
photographs are highly personal, a visual testimony to his own life as
a surfer, his deep affection for the ocean and the beauty of waves, plus
his connection to his fellow surfer’s, their girlfriends, their
ups and downs and the environments they co-existed in.
Much of the essay was shot in the 1970’s, a particular time in the
evolvement of surfing where lifestyles amongst surfers were wild and reckless,
especially in Malibu and Venice. Many of the photos were shot during the
“Dog Town” era, in Venice beach, then know at the time for
it’s stark, decayed community and toughness. These are not your
typical Southern California golden haired, perfectly tanned surfers standing
with their board at sunset. These are warriors of the waves, at times
intoxicated and high. In the tradition of Danny Lyon, these edgy, black
& white photographs challenge our sense of what’s going on within
this certain subculture at a particular time in Southern California history.
Anthony Friedkin began photographing as a child. He started working in
the darkroom at age eleven, processing and printing his own images. Since
that time, which was in the early 1960's, he has accomplished a significant
body of work. His photographs are included in major Museum collections:
New York's Museum of Modern Art, The J. Paul Getty Museum and
others. He is represented in numerous private collections as well. His
pictures have been published in Japan, Russia, Europe, and many Fine Art
magazines in America.
Friedkin's full frame black & white photographs explore the many mysteries
of moments in time. He creates his own distinctive exhibition prints in
his darkroom. He says of his work, "I believe in extraordinary photographs
that draw you in and cannot be easily defined-celebrating perception and
its many hidden layers of reality."
Anthony Friedkin appears courtesy of the Steven Cohen Gallery.
Surfing Essay is
part of Pacific Standard Time. Pacific Standard Time is an unprecedented
collaboration of more than sixty cultural institutions across Southern
California, coming together to tell the story of the birth of the L.A.
art scene. Initiated through grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific
Standard Time will take place for six months beginning October 2011.
Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is
Bank of America.
drkrm is an exhibition space dedicated to the display and survey of popular
cultural images, fine art photography, cutting edge and alternative photographic
processes. drkrm is located at 727 S. Spring Street in the Gallery Row
district of Downtown Los Angeles.