Oly Vegan is proud to now have in stock the photography books of Glen E. Friedman.
Glen E. Friedman, universally considered to be one of the most prominent photographers of his generation, is most well known for his influential images of rebellious artists from classic skateboarding, hip hop and punk. His photographs of key figures such as Fugazi, Black Flag, Public Enemy, Beastie Boys, Run-D.M.C., Ice- T, and Dead Kennedys, as well as skateboarding originators Tony Alva, Jay Adams and Stacy Peralta not only cemented the importance of these radical subcultures at their beginnings, but have become the definitive graphic documents of them today. Friedman’s ubiquitous presence at the start of such significant movements allowed him a platform to capture the intense spirit of progression and angst that defined an era. His approach, more incendiary than documentary, is, according to Henry Rollins, furthered by the fact that he was,”…there at the beginning of so much cool stuff in so many different areas it’s not funny.” Friedman’s work is included in a number of notable international collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Smithsonian Institution.
In 1986 Glen began reading flyers and pamphlets given to him by punk friends, educating him to the environmental and health concerns associated with a typical American diet. Glen had grown up eating meat and the normal junk food fare of his age group–in fact he at one time loved eating at fast food chains, and was happy to eat a “bloody steak” on occasion. By 1987 he had begun to read the book Diet for a New America; before he was finished, he had completed making the transition to a vegan diet and lifestyle, which he still practices and actively promotes to this day.
Friedman’s “Keep Your Eyes Open: Fugazi ” $35.00
and “Fuck You Heroes: Glen E Friedman Photographs 1976- 1991” $40.00