Douglas Friedman was born and raised in New York City in 1972. He studied Anthropology and Documentary Film Making at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Post graduation, Douglas worked for a few years making movies in the film industry. After working on SE7EN, The Game, and Fight Club as assistant to director David Fincher; Douglas left Hollywood with his camera, a suitcase and a one way ticket to Indonesia. The next year and a half was spent traveling the world and photographing everything he came across; from sherpas at the foot of Mt. Everest to sharks 100 feet below the Sulawesi Sea; and the architectural vernacular of each port of call along the way.
He returned to NYC in the late 90’s to begin a serious study of photographic technique and theory. His fascination with architecture and design found its way into his work and shortly thereafter, Douglas was shooting stories for Wallpaper, Domino and Elle Décor magazines.
(source: www.douglasfriedman.net 27/09/2013)
The high saturation and bright colours is what first attracted me to Douglas Friedman’s work. He combines different textures, pattern, shapes and fabrics to create high fashion editorial photographs. I first discovered Douglas whilst watching Season 17 (2011) of a popular TV competition, America’s Next Top Model and have admired his work ever since.
Although I was attracted to his use of bright colours across his work one of his most striking photograph’s uses warm sepia tones.
His photograph of the model and giraffe uses influences from his fascination with architecture by mimicking structural designs in the angles of her body and the position of the giraffe’s neck. He also clashes the stripped pattern of the coat with the square pattern of the fur to create layers. Despite the fact it clashes, it works. The contrast between the inanimate man-made fabric and the warmth of the animal’s fur adds a further dimension to the photograph.