- Leonard Bell
(b London, Feb 24, 1928).
New Zealand photographer. Born and trained in London, she migrated to New Zealand in 1958. By 1964 she was working as a freelance professional photographer, and was soon prominent in several genres, notably portraiture, in particular of artists, potters, writers, and children, and ‘street’ photography, as well as photojournalism for periodicals and newspapers, such as the Wine Review and the New Zealand Herald. Several highly successful books followed from the 1970s. A major exhibition of her work, organized by the Auckland Art Gallery, toured the country from 2001 to 2004. Subsequently, there have been further acclaimed exhibitions of her work. She is regarded as one the key photographers in New Zealand since World War II.
Friedlander’s portraits reveal an extraordinary ability to bring into visibility qualities of personality and temperament, while her photographs overall can be seen as explorations of places and their inhabitants, in particular the complexities of people’s relationships with their fellows and the societies they live in. In these explorations Friedlander herself was a participant, that is, her photographs are also investigations into her own place in specific social and cultural situations, whether in New Zealand, Israel, England, or Tokelau in the Pacific. For Instance, her photographs of elderly Maori women with ...