After having studied at Los Angeles’ Art Center School of Design, Lee Friedlander settles in New York, in 1955, and promptly creates the covers of numerous jazz discs. He also turns to street photography, capturing not only individuals in their everyday errands but also fragments of America’s urban and rural landscape as well as its interiors. Inspired by Walker Evans and Robert Frank, the American photographer shows how difficultly the human figure fits in the city and perfectly depicts the disorder this awkwardness provokes. He also records shop windows or the landscapes he observes through his car’s window. In 1958, he discovers Ernest J. Bellocq’s prostitute images and decides to acquire the negatives and publish them in Storyville Portraits, in 1970 - did these portraits inspire his nudes of a young Madonna? In contemporary New York, Lee Friedlander can still be seen roaming the city’s streets with his camera, eager to record our obsession with cellphones: another means of confronting people’s solitude in the metropolis.