Dave Friedman Collection

Biographical / Historical Note

The son of a movie producer and silent film actress, Dave Friedman spent most of his professional career as a still photographer on many well-known film productions. After service in the U.S. Navy, Friedman began attending and photographing local amateur...

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The son of a movie producer and silent film actress, Dave Friedman spent most of his professional career as a still photographer on many well-known film productions. After service in the U.S. Navy, Friedman began attending and photographing local amateur sports car races around his native Los Angeles, continuing a lifelong passion for photography. At these races, Friedman met young drivers such as Carroll Shelby who, while hurtling small, powerful sports cars around hay bales on airstrips and parking lots, were in the process of defining a new professional racing sport and industry. In 1963, Carroll Shelby hired Friedman to document the design and development of what would become one of racing's most dominant stables of cars: the Shelby Cobra, King Cobra and Cobra Daytona coupe.

In 1965, Friedman started at 20th Century Fox as an assistant cameraman. While at the studio, he continued to document the growing popularity of auto racing at legendary tracks such as Laguna Seca and Riverside International Raceway. Friedman also continued his relationship with Shelby's racing teams, attending three of the biggest endurance races in sports car racing: the 24 Hours of Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of Le Mans. Friedman captured the final development of the first American-designed and built racecars that dominated the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans race between 1966 and 1969. In 1969, Dave Friedman changed his focus again and became a still photographer for film productions, where he continued to capture iconic images of American cinema and television.

Dave Friedman has written over 30 books on automobile racing, covering a variety of classes including sports car road racing, Formula 1, Can-Am, Trans-Am, drag racing and stock cars. In recognition of his professional accomplishments, Friedman is the only still photographer elected to the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences. Friedman continued to pursue his passion for motor sports into the 1990s, when he refocused his lens on a different art form – classical ballet.

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Scope and Content Note

The Dave Friedman collection documents over 60 years of various automobile races and racecars and includes photographs, slides, negatives and contact sheets. In addition, the collection includes files that detail specific races, including such information...

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The Dave Friedman collection documents over 60 years of various automobile races and racecars and includes photographs, slides, negatives and contact sheets. In addition, the collection includes files that detail specific races, including such information as entrant lists, car details, programs, press kits, and published materials. The collection also includes material related to racing teams and manufacturers including Ford Motor Company, Shelby-American International, Dan Gurney's All-American Racing, Jim Hall's Chaparral Racing, Corvette, Ferrari and Porsche. Material in this collection was used by Dave Friedman to illustrate over 30 books about automobile racing.

The Dave Friedman Collection is made up of two subgroups; the PHOTOGRAPHS SUBGROUP and the RESEARCH FILES, PROGRAMS AND OTHER MATERIALS SUBGROUP.

The PHOTOGRAPHS SUBGROUP, 1948-1999, is comprised of four series: the Digital Images series, the Negatives and Contact Sheets series, the Prints series, and the Slides series. The Photographs subgroup encompasses an array of races, racecars, drivers and teams and includes images of races at tracks across the United States and around the world. The subgroup includes photographic prints, negatives, digital files, contact sheets and slides. Race name, track, race date and driver information are identified on the back of most prints. Images with no identifying data are filed in each series or subseries as "Unidentified."

The Digital Images series, 1959-1995, is an incomplete set of digitally scanned negatives found in the General subseries of the Negatives and Contact Sheets series. Some races are available online at http://www.flickr.com/photos/thehenryford/collections/72157628488413505/

The Negatives and Contact Sheets series, 1951-1995, is made up of three subseries. The General subseries, 1951-1995, consists of black-and-white negatives and contact sheets covering a wide variety of sports car, endurance, Formula 1, Can-Am, Trans-Am and stock car races. The negatives include 35mm and larger formats. An asterisk (*) indicates that negative images for that race can also be found in the Digital Images series. The subseries is arranged chronologically and then by race. The Indianapolis 500 subseries, 1963-1969, contains black-and-white negatives and contact sheets covering the Indianapolis 500 and is arranged chronologically. The Shelby-American International subseries, 1958-1968 contains negatives documenting Carroll Shelby's racing career as well as the design, construction and races of noted Shelby-American cars including the Shelby Cobra and King Cobra and various Ford Mustangs and specialty prototype racecars such as the Ford GT cars including the Mark II and Mark IV. The Color negatives subseries, 1962-1978, is made up of 35mm color negative film strips.

The Slides series, 1959-1999, is made up of three subseries. The General racing subseries, 1959-1999, consists of 35mm black-and-white slides covering various races and race types, including vintage races featuring restored race cars. The Indianapolis 500 subseries, 1961-1969, consists of 35mm color and black-and-white slides documenting the Indianapolis 500 race.

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Collection Details

Object ID: 2009.158.0
Creator: Friedman, Dave 
Inclusive Dates: 1946-2009
Bulk Dates: 1960-1995
Size: 64.6 cubic ft., 93 negative binder boxes, 5 oversize boxes, and 100,000 digital images
Language: English

Collection Access & Use

Item Location: Benson Ford Research Center

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.

Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Digitized Artifacts From This Collection

In many cases, not all artifacts have been digitized.
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12 Hours of Sebring Race, March 27, 1965

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12 Hours of Sebring Race, March 27, 1965

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Artifact

Negative (Photograph)

Date Made

27 March 1965

Creators

Friedman, Dave 

Object ID

2009.158.4059

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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12 Hours of Sebring Race, March 27, 1965

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12 Hours of Sebring Race, March 27, 1965

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12 Hours of Sebring Race, March 27, 1965

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Artifact

Negative (Photograph)

Date Made

27 March 1965

Creators

Friedman, Dave 

Object ID

2009.158.4064

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

12 Hours of Sebring Race, March 27, 1965

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12 Hours of Sebring Race, March 27, 1965

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12 Hours of Sebring Race, March 27, 1965

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Artifact

Negative (Photograph)

Date Made

27 March 1965

Creators

Friedman, Dave 

Object ID

2009.158.4077

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

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12 Hours of Sebring Race, March 27, 1965

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What is The Henry Ford?

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12 Hours of Sebring Race, March 27, 1965

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12 Hours of Sebring Race, March 27, 1965

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Artifact

Negative (Photograph)

Date Made

27 March 1965

Creators

Friedman, Dave 

Object ID

2009.158.4058

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

12 Hours of Sebring Race, March 27, 1965

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What is The Henry Ford?

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12 Hours of Sebring Race, March 27, 1965

  Details

12 Hours of Sebring Race, March 27, 1965

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Artifact

Negative (Photograph)

Date Made

27 March 1965

Creators

Friedman, Dave 

Object ID

2009.158.4063

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

12 Hours of Sebring Race, March 27, 1965

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What is The Henry Ford?

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12 Hours of Sebring Race, March 27, 1965

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12 Hours of Sebring Race, March 27, 1965

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Artifact

Negative (Photograph)

Date Made

27 March 1965

Creators

Friedman, Dave 

Object ID

2009.158.4071

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

12 Hours of Sebring Race, March 27, 1965

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What is The Henry Ford?

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12 Hours of Sebring Race, March 27, 1965

  Details

12 Hours of Sebring Race, March 27, 1965

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Artifact

Negative (Photograph)

Date Made

27 March 1965

Creators

Friedman, Dave 

Object ID

2009.158.4076

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

12 Hours of Sebring Race, March 27, 1965

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What is The Henry Ford?

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12 Hours of Sebring Race, March 27, 1965

  Details

12 Hours of Sebring Race, March 27, 1965

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Artifact

Negative (Photograph)

Date Made

27 March 1965

Creators

Friedman, Dave 

Object ID

2009.158.4070

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

12 Hours of Sebring Race, March 27, 1965

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What is The Henry Ford?

The national attraction for discovering your ingenuity while exploring America’s spirit of innovation. There is always much to see and do at The Henry Ford.

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12 Hours of Sebring Race, March 27, 1965

  Details

12 Hours of Sebring Race, March 27, 1965

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

Artifact

Negative (Photograph)

Date Made

27 March 1965

Creators

Friedman, Dave 

Object ID

2009.158.4054

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

12 Hours of Sebring Race, March 27, 1965

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

What is The Henry Ford?

The national attraction for discovering your ingenuity while exploring America’s spirit of innovation. There is always much to see and do at The Henry Ford.

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