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The Idealist: In My Eyes, 12 July 2004
The photography of Glen E. Friedman could never be described as spectator art or pure photo documentary, the intensity in his work comes from within the framework of his own experiences. Friedman makes his art out of necessity, little represented in the visual realm exists or even comes close to emulating his own inward vision. The driving force behind his art is not a sense of personal ego, but a committed sense of duty, assiduity and self believe which allows and invites others to bear witness and share in those prolific moments of time captured through his lens. He invites us to enter into a world which operates on a dynamic that stands apart from the corporate structure that exploits and manipulates the integrity of others - to one that ignites our own sense of purpose. In his latest book, The Idealist, the seemingly random interspersion of photographs throughout reveal, on closer inspection, an intentional methodical juxtaposition of images that, in turn, narrate their own sense of truth and beauty held together by Friedman's aesthetic. It isn't a difficult perspective to grasp; there is no obscure symbolism. Although to a certain degree what is being referenced has strong socio-political undertones you don't have to be politically informed to understand - the themes operate on a universal level. It is the absence of pretentiousness that characterises his technique; the classical composition, the colours and the textures speak for themselves. His art is self-perpetuating and autonomous with much of it adhering to the classical form. The aesthetic remains constant: clarity, texture, and uniqueness.