Greg Friedler is an internationally renowned visual artist and one of the most prolific photographers working today.
Friedler was born in New Orleans in 1970. He received his BA in Political Science and French from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1993. Greg received his Masters of Fine Art from the School of Visual Arts in Photography and related media in 1996.
Friedler is a curious observer and acute documentarian of the human condition. He is fueled by a sincere desire to fully see, understand, empathize with, analyze, and sum up…. his fellow human beings. He is fascinated by identity, existence, and how people fit into a given society. His portraits attempt to unmask his subjects of their veneer and capture the rawness of their humanity on the page.
Friedler’s art involves much more than portraits of mankind. Friedler’s vision renders life stripped down to its core, raw existence. His rare vision allows him to connect with the timeless beauty and visceral essences of the world before his camera. Friedler’s subject matter ranges from people (portraits and nudes) to still lifes of detritus to mixed media paintings. His current project is called residue, which is an ongoing exploration of urban surfaces which look like abstract paintings.
Friedler has been the subject of two documentary films: Naked London on the BBC in December 1999 in the United Kingdom, and Stripped: Greg Friedler’s Naked Las Vegas, on Showtime airing in March 2010 for a duration of two years. He is the creator of five monographs and his work has been included in 10 anthologies to date, including The World’s Top Photographers: Nudes from the year 2000. His work has been exhibited in select venues around the world.
Friedler’s sharp wit and dry humor are unforgettable. He enjoys spending time with his family, friends, and his dog Pepper. He also enjoys skiing, playing tennis, painting, doing yoga, and meditating.
The most exciting milestone in Greg's career is near completion. His next monograph:
Greg Friedler: HUMANITY
from Galerie Vevais in Germany (galerievevais.de), is almost done and ready to be published. An advance copy will be shown shortly at the 2012 Frankfurt bookfair.
Friedler's image of LeRoy Neiman was recently used for the cover of
ALL TOLD, My ART and Life among Atheletes, Playboys, Bunnies and Provocateurs
Exposure Magazine: Spring 2010 [PDF]
The Photo Review: Volume 29 [PDF]
Radio 1190 Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 April 2010 (audio link)
Westword: March 11, 2010 (online link)
The Untitled Art Show : July 2009 (audio link)
The Denver Egotist : April 2009 (online link)
Change The Thought : July 2008 (online link)
NPR : August 2007 (audio link)
Las Vegas Weekly: August 2007 [PDF]
2003 Press [PDF]
The Times Picayune: "Naked Truths"
Pozytyw: Russia: "Greg Friedler - Naked"
Art Papers: "Nude Orleans"
2000 Press [PDF]
Los Angeles Times: "The Naked Truth about Londoners"
The Sunday Herald: "Naked Ambitions"
Time Out London: "Genital Giants"
New Mexico Photographer: "Stark Reality"
Image Magazine UK: "Greg Friedler: Photographer"
1999 Press [PDF]
Time Out New York: "Clothes Make the Man"
The London Times: "Londoners Can Reveal Naked
Stripped: Greg Friedler's Naked Las Vegas (2010)
A documentary film by David Palmer
View the trailer: www.strippedthefilm.com
Naked London (1999)
The BBC documentary
Greg's most recent book:
Naked Las Vegas
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (October 17, 2008)