Artist: Lee Friedlander (American, born Aberdeen, Washington, 1934)

Date: 1963

Medium: Gelatin silver print

Dimensions: 23.5 x 15.5 cm (9 1/4 x 6 1/8 in.)

Classification: Photographs

Credit Line: Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1995

Accession Number: 1995.168.2


In the early 1960s, Friedlander made a small series of photographs of television sets while traveling across America on two Guggenheim Foundation fellowships and on editorial assignment for several popular men's magazines. The witty, often ironic pictures provide intuitive commentary on the then-new medium as "the plug-in drug"; most were made in an appropriately modern, artificial space-a motel room-which is at once bedroom, living room, and theater.