About Dave Friedman
Dave Friedman is a world renowned photographer and motion picture still photographer known for his pictures of celebrities, cinema, racing and classical ballet.
At 23, the California native became the company photographer for Shelby American from 1962 to 1965, capturing some of the biggest icons in racing. When the Shelby Cobra racing program was terminated, Friedman was hired to work on the Ford Le Mans Program as an outside contractor in 1966 and 1967.
Wanting to spread his wings, Friedman was given an opportunity to work in the motion picture industry in July 1965. That’s when he was given his first assignment as an assistant cameraman at 20th Century Fox. The choice was not a difficult one for Friedman, whose father had been in the industry since 1919 and his mother a silent film actress.
His goal at the time was to become a still photographer, but at the time, unions had very strict grouping policies and It was virtually impossible to get work in that classification and it took about five years to reach the top grouping.
During his brief career as an assistant cameraman, Friedman worked on some of the biggest classics in film history. They included The Sound of Music, Doctor Doolittle, The Sand Pebbles, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Wild Bunch, Hello Dolly and Tora! Tora! Tora! “It was during this time that I got an education that no school in the world could have possibly given me.”
“I’ve worked with some of the most talented people in the film industry. They taught me to work hard, be professional, watch everything going on around me, improvise, always get the shot no matter what, and never to accept second best,” says Friedman.
When Friedman finally achieved still photographer status in June 1969, his first assignment was Little Fauss and Big Halsey, a motorcycle racing film starring Robert Redford and Lauren Hutton. Over the next two decades, his film resume swelled and he shot some of celluloid’s biggest stars, including Steve McQueen, Bruce Lee, Robert Redford, Ann-Margret, Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty, Michael Caine, Diane Keaton, Donald Sutherland, Jodie Foster, Eva Marie Saint, Charles Bronson, Christopher Reeves, John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, George Burns, Gene Tierney, Tony Curtis, Jon Voight, Richard Dreyfuss, Sissy Spacek, Sylvester Stallone, Goldie Hawn, Jessica Lange, James Caan, Arnold Schwarzenneger and Sean Penn.
Friedman was also on the set of many modern-day classics. They include: Summer of ’42, Brian’s Song, Day of the Locust, Enter The Dragon, Harry and Walter Go to New York, Carrie, Grease, Superman, King Kong, Ice Castles, Butterflies Are Free, Tom Horn, The Hunter, That Championship Season, Stop Making Sense, The Falcon and the Snowman, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Midnight Run, Rambo III, Rocky IV and The Running Man.
The photographer also lent his considerable skills to television, snapping photos for classic shows such as M*A*S*H, Happy Days, The Dukes of Hazzard, Laverne & Shirley, Julia, Room 222, Mork & Mindy, The Ghost & Mrs. Muir and the epic mini-series The Thorn Birds.
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