Haywire Press sells Lee Friedlander books, special editions and portfolios directly from the artist's personal collection. The name Haywire Press is an homage to Friedlander's self-publishing company of the same name, which published his first book, Self Portrait (1970), as well as Lee Friedlander: Photographs (1978), and Flowers and Trees (1981). Today, Haywire Press is a joint venture between Friedlander and his grandson, Giancarlo Roma.
The special/deluxe editions listed on Haywire Press constitute a unique element of Friedlander's oeuvre. Created contemporaneously with the trade editions, these special/deluxe editions are tributes to both the titles they accompany and the craft of book binding. A true passion project for Friedlander, he would often purchase the materials for the custom binding himself in the Garment District of New York City, and throughout his travels. While Friedlander is known for his prolific output of books, these special editions, limited in size, represent an opportunity to own a rare piece of Friedlander's body of work--one that is close to the artist's heart.
To create these special/deluxe editions, Friedlander collaborated with master book binder George Wieck, who bound nearly every edition. Friedlander generally gave Wieck minimal guidance as to how he wanted the editions to look, affording Wieck considerable creative control in designing them. Their collaboration only ended with Wieck's passing.
Unless otherwise indicated, all books are first edition, brand new in mint/near mint condition, and signed. Inventory is limited and subject to change.