Dave Frieder

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My passion of photography began when I was six years old. I had just moved from Queens New York to New Jersey and my father bought a Brownie 127 film camera that I was allowed to use. Later, I built myself a darkroom in my father’s basement.

I have always loved architecture, and to me bridges are the pinnacles of civil engineering. I first started photographing bridges with a 4×5 monorail camera but I realized that it would not work if I were photographing on the main cables and eyebars of the bridges. Since I have absolutely no fear of heights my visualization would not be hindered. I did use my Leica R5 for some close-up work, taking advantage of the great depth of field, but I needed a larger format for bigger enlargements. I then decided to use my Hasselblad 2000 FCW. With the 40 mm Distagon lens it became my workhorse camera. It provided the larger negative but I had to contend with bridge vibration and wind. Then I saw an ad for a camera gyroscope. I figured that would correct my camera shake problem. After first renting the Ken-Lab KS-8 Gyro, I found that it worked perfectly and I purchased it. The Gyro was one of my best investments as 99% of my images were taken with the Hasselblad/Gyro combination.

About the Author

Dave Frieder
Dave Frieder has been photographing the bridges of New York since 1993. He’s climbed and photographed 16 New York bridges working with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, the NYCDOT and other agencies to gain permission to climb the bridges. His work has been published in two books “The Creation of Bridges” and “Six Bridges, the Legacy of Othmar H. Ammann.” Modern bridge engineering began in New York and Dave is currently at work on a book of his fine art photographs that emphasize the magnificence of bridge engineering and especially New York’s great bridges. To see more of his photographs visit davefrieder.com.