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Dave Friedman is known throughout the automotive & motor racing world as the photographer for Carroll Shelby’s Shelby-American, Inc., during the era of the Cobras & Shelby Mustangs, and the photographer for Ford Motor Company to document the company’s GT40 race program from development through to its triumphant Le Mans 24 Hours race victories in the 1960’s.
But Dave Friedman’s life and career was really in the world of Hollywood and the motion pictures. The son of a movie producer and silent film actress, Dave spent most of his professional career as a still photographer on many well-known film productions. He was given an opportunity to work in the motion picture industry in September 1964, his first assignment as an assistant cameraman at 20th Century Fox on the tail end of The Sound of Music.
When Dave 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 Hollywood’s biggest stars, including; Steve McQueen, Bruce Lee, Robert Redford, Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve, John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Orson Wells, Richard Dreyfuss, Sylvester Stallone, John Wayne, James Caan, Arnold Schwarzenneger and Sean Penn.
In 1986, Dave became the first and only Still Photographer to be voted into the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has authored or co-authored over 30 books on motor racing and on films. He recently released “Enter The Dragon, A Photographer’s Journey” a photographic coffee table book for Warner Bros to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Enter The Dragon. In September 2017, his latest book “Shelby American Up Close and Behind the Scenes: The Venice Years 1962-1965” will be released and will be available at the Speaker Series event.

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