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The Idealist: In My Eyes 25 Years


A beautifully curated collection from celebrated photographer Glen E. Friedman’s early years.

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The Idealist is a retrospective collection of Friedman’s aesthetics, [featuring] some of the images for which he is justly acclaimed and many others that will be new to his fans, ranging from DogTown skateboarders, and hard-core heroes to hip-hop icons, cityscapes to portraits, public intellectuals to historical monuments.”


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The Idealist showcases the photography of Glen E. Friedman, who the Washington Post calls, “One of the greats of his generation.” The Idealist is the work of a true visionary, effortlessly mixing landscapes, still life, and documentary photography in an exploration of his own innate idealism. The images are enhanced with original comments from some of the most progressive and politically controversial thinkers of our time—Ralph Nader, Reverend Al Sharpton, Ian MacKaye, Cornel West, and Ian F. Svenonius.

This collection of photographs from 25 years (1976–2001) of Friedman’s work concentrates on his visual aesthetic and is the public introduction to his striking fine-art photography. Though he continues a heavy focus on both imagery and message, only a few of his traditional photographs of legendary people in the hip-hop, punk, and skate communities will be recognized. The Idealist traces Friedman’s development as a fine artist as his subject matter includes a breathtaking international scope of landscapes, still life, and documentary, highlighting his capacity to capture essential moments of most anything he sets his eyes on, to help us open ours.

The Idealist is published by Burning Flag Press and distributed by Akashic Books

glen E. Friedman’s website

Book Details

  • Hardcover: 9.375 x 10.825; 160 pages
  • Published: 4/20/21
  • IBSN: 9781636140162


GLEN E. FRIEDMAN, one of the most important photographers of his generation, is known for his influential and iconic images of rebellious artists from classic skateboarding, punk, and hip-hop cultures. As a true artist his process was much more incendiary than it was documentary. Friedman, first published at the age of fourteen, has produced over one hundred record covers, countless magazine pages, and almost a dozen books, including What I See: The Black Flag Photographs, Keep Your Eyes Open, DogTown: The Legend of the Z-Boys, The Idealist, Recognize, My Rules, and Together Forever: The Run-DMC and Beastie Boys Photographs. His work is now included in a number of notable international collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution. His latest work is Just a Minor Threat. Learn more at burningflags.com.

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