Fugazi, one of music's most revolutionary and gloriously indefinable bands, played their first concert on September 3rd, 1987. Now, twenty years to the day later 'Keep Your Eyes Open- The Fugazi photographs of Glen E. Friedman' is released. The 112 page book presents Friedman's unparalled photographic documentation of the band through nearly 200 color and black & white photographs taken both on and offstage between 1986 and the band's last US concert in 2002. "While most photgraphers were taking photos of Fugazi, Glen was making photos with us."- Ian MacKaye
Glen E. Friedman is considered one of the most important photographers of his generation, world-renowned for his prescient documentation of many of recent history's most iconic movements in pop culture. Among other worthy subjects, his lens has captured moments in the birth and evolution of radical skateboarding, hardcore punk, and hip-hop, as Friedman played a firsthand role in their development.Friedman is best known for working with many of the world's most radical and pioneering bands and musicians, including Fugazi, Black Flag, Ice-T, Dead Kennedys, Minor Threat, Misfits, Bad Brains, Beastie Boys, Run-D.M.C and Public Enemy, as well as Southern California's original DogTown skateboarders.In 1994, Friedman published F*CK YOU HEROES on his own Burning Flags Press imprint. A collection of his work spanning 1976 to 1991, "Heroes" looks at the pioneering leaders of the skateboarding, punk and hip-hop subcultures that Friedman both appreciated and actively participated in. The book's title is a tribute to his subjects' bold, forthright, heroic rejection of reactionary social standards. Friedman's second book, F*CK YOU TOO: The Extras & More Scrap Book, was published in 1996 (and was updated in 2004).Friedman's photos also travel to galleries around the world for exhibitions. Friedman's F*CK YOU ALL exhibition, combining photos from his first two books, brought Friedman's work to major cities around the world beginning in the late 1990s, starting with the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, then traveling to Sydney, Tokyo, Florence, Rome, Milan, Sicily, Berlin, Stockholm, Chicago, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and most recently in Belgium in 2007.In 1998, Friedman published The Idealist: In My Eyes - Twenty Years, a perspective on his own artistic aesthetic. This book was revised in 2003 to include an additional five years of photography and new comments written specifically for the book by a few more subjects who inspired him, including Ralph Nader and Professor Cornel West.In 2000, Friedman co-authored and co-curated the book, DogTown - The Legend Of The Z-Boys, with C.R. Stecyk III. Friedman was also co-producer and creative consultant for the award-winning 2002 feature-length documentary DogTown and Z-Boys, in addition to being one of the film's main commentators. The Sundance Film Festival's audience award for Best Documentary is just one of the prestigious honors bestowed upon the film.In 2004, Friedman created the "Liberty Street Protest" at the former World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan. Friedman's provocative anti-war message, comprised of 27 large-scale window banners displayed in an 11-story building adjacent to Ground Zero, received worldwide media coverage.Friedman released his last ôartö book, RECOGNIZE, in 2005.