Lee Friedlander began to explore one of photography’s most enduring genres almost by chance. In the late 1970s, a teacher colleague at Rice University in Houston lined up a regular schedule of nude models for his students. Almost immediately, Friedlander found that he preferred to photograph the models at their homes, and ingeniously deployed household objects such as bedside lamps, potted plants and sofa fabrics to play off against the angular poses of the models. He uses this approach to emphatically frame the overall composition of the images. Friedlander’s nudes show every blemish, every contour that makes each body unique. In contrast, his flash often serves to counter this realism with a softening effect that often recedes the body’s shadow right up to its outline.