From 1973 to 1974, Lee Friedlander and Burt Wolf edited four iconic portfolios at the Double Elephant Press in New York, featuring photographs by some of the most influential photographers of the twentieth century: Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Walker Evans, Garry Winogrand, and Lee Friedlander himself. Each of the four limited edition portfolios contained fifteen photographs by each artist, representing their distinct visions that can be described in the words of Walker Evans as “oddly refreshing, unselfconsciously striking, and unpredictably adventurous.”
This publication honours the unique collaborative project that was to become a touchstone in the history of photography.
Historically, the phrase ‘Double Elephant’ was used to describe the size of a book and the technique for binding. However, over the years (a few hundred) the phrase was employed to request the highest grades of paper, ink and materials available. That is why we called it the Double Elephant Press.