Blinding White and Other Colors October 16, 2011
About my teaching of photography September 21, 2011
“James Friedman’s dedication to photography is unique. He puts all his experience, love and passion into his work. The day I started discussing my work with him changed everything. He brought my photography to a much higher level and taught me to see things much clearer. Even though I live in Germany and Jim in America, the distance is not an issue. We work on our computers and use the phone for our discussions. Jim is the best teacher, coach, advisor and mentor I’ve ever had.”— MW, Frankfurt, Germany
Self-Portrait with Jewish Nose Wandering in a Gentile World September 18, 2011
About teaching photography September 5, 2011
Comments about my teaching by former students:
“I often talk to my students about that one person you meet in life who changes you, that one person who opens your eyes, that one person who demands you be more than you thought you ever could be or had the capacity to be. For me, that person was Jim Friedman.” — JS, San Jose, CA
“There are not many true masters in our society — people who dedicate their lives to a discipline that leads to a profound understanding, expertise and transcendence in their field. Jim Friedman has attained such mastery through his commitment and passion for photography. He is also extraordinarily creative in his approach to teaching photography. I am grateful and fortunate for his willingness to share his enthusiasm and inspiration for more than 30 years.” — JM, Columbus, OH
“Jim provided the best critique of my photographs I have ever had and I have attended many photography workshops around the country.” — JL, Portland, OR
“Every time I’ve opened myself to Jim’s mentoring, my photographic work has taken an exciting quantum leap forward. As a result of Jim’s insights, observations and commitment, I have received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship, been admitted to one of the best M.F.A. programs in the country and have begun exhibiting my work nationally.” — LL, Portland, OR
“I have had the honor of being a student of Jim’s, and the lessons I learned, the insights gained have been a part of my life and will remain so. Studying with Jim, you learn so much more then the art of photography, you learn indelible lessons about yourself.” — RR, Dearborn, MI
“Jim Friedman’s class changed my life. His class not only opened my eyes to the world of light, form and tone but also inspired me to begin a career in fine arts.” — MB, Santa Fe, NM
I was nominated for the Excellence in Photographic Teaching Award, which recognizes outstanding international teachers of photography. Also, I have been nominated for an Excellence in Teaching Award three other times.
I was moved to be passionate about teaching photography by my mentors, Minor White and Imogen Cunningham.