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February 16, 2012
Most photographers are more comfortable behind the lens than in front of it. But Abe Frajndlich, who's known for his photos of artists and celebrities, has been pushing his peers into the spotlight for three decades.
Last April, the 65-year-old released Penelope's Hungry Eyes, which showcases 101 portraits of fellow photographers. Twenty of those images will be on display at Tregoning & Co. starting March 16.
The anonymity of photographers irked Frajndlich from early in his career. "I wanted to make them come out from behind the camera," he says.
Frajndlich, who moved to Cleveland when he was 10 years old, began exploring his love of photography at Case Western Reserve University in 1970, when a friend let him develop photographs in a darkroom.
His career took off when he found work at The London Observer and New York Times Magazine among others.
In between photo shoots with the likes of Mick Jagger and Barbara Bush, Franjdlich spent time pointing his camera at photographers such as Annie Leibowitz, Cindy Sherman and Chris Pekoc (pictured left).
"These people, they turned me on so much," he says. "I wanted to have them turn other people on as well."