Carol Friedman is a New York based portrait photographer whose work has appeared in magazines,
advertising campaigns, corporate annual reports and on book and CD covers. Her images cover a
wide range of subjects, genres and applications and are known for their style and emotional content.
A music lover above all else, Friedman has photographed jazz, soul and classical artists for more than
two decades. Her classic award-winning images may be seen on hundreds of album and CD covers.
The acclaimed retrospective of her Jazz portraits, The Jazz Pictures, was published by Arena Editions
in 2002. Jazz artists, ?the irreplacable ones,? were her first subjects and continue to inspire her work.
She studied portraiture early on with legendary Life Magazine photographer Philippe Halsman before
pursuing her formal education. Halsman?s dictum, one which she remains commited to, was ?A portrait
is only successful if it reveals the emotional identity of your subject?.
In the 1990?s, Friedman was chief photographer and art director for Blue Note Records. She has also
served as vice president and creative director for Elektra Entertainment and Motown. As a filmmaker,
she has produced and directed several music videos and, for the past decade, has been filming the life
and work of singer Abbey Lincoln for a feature-length documentary film titled Portrait of Abbey.
In 2003, Friedman founded Dominick Media to publish a collection of books and music for children.
The Nicky The Jazz Cat series, which features her genius cat Nicky, teaches children about Jazz and
has received The Benjamin Franklin Book Award, Parents? Choice Silver Music Award, iParenting Media
Book and Music Awards, NAPPA Book Award, and American Library Association?s Notable Children?s
Recording Award. She has recently partnered with powerHouse Books, and will publish several titles
with them in 2006 and 2007.
Friedman is currently shooting portraits for CD packages, advertising, and editorial campaigns, and is
working on several book, film and music projects. She serves on the board of directors for the Grammy
organization, The Recording Academy (NARAS) and Jazz Alliance International (JAI). She lives and
works in New York City and frequents The Village Vanguard for continued inspiration.
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