Friedman, Dave (Lyricist)

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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 before shifting his focus to classical ballet.

From the description of Dave Friedman collection, 1946-2009 (bulk 1960-1995) (The Henry Ford). WorldCat record id: 780180446

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creatorOf Friedman, Dave. Dave Friedman collection, 1946-2009 (bulk 1960-1995) The Henry Ford, Benson Ford Research Center
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associatedWith 24 Heures du Mans (Automobile race) corporateBody
associatedWith Brady, Jack. person
associatedWith Canadian-American Challenge Cup. corporateBody
associatedWith Clark, Jim, 1936-1968. person
associatedWith Daytona 24 Hours (Automobile race) corporateBody
associatedWith Daytona 500 (Automobile race) corporateBody
associatedWith Donohue, Mark, 1937-1975. person
associatedWith Foyt, A. J., 1935- person
associatedWith Gurney, Dan. person
associatedWith Hall, Jim, 1935- person
associatedWith Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corp. corporateBody
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associatedWith Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (Monterey, Calif.) corporateBody
associatedWith McLaren, Bruce, 1937-1970. person
associatedWith Penske Racing Team. corporateBody
associatedWith Penske, Roger, 1937- person
associatedWith Shelby American, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Shelby, Carroll, 1923- person
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United States
Racetracks (Automobile racing)
Shelby automobile
Indy cars
Drag racing
Ferrari automobile
Mustang automobile
Cobra automobile
Trans--Am Championship
Corvette automobile
United States Grand Prix Race
Formula One automobiles
Porsche automobiles
Ford GT automobile
McLaren automobiles
Automobile racing
Chaparral automobile
Sebring Grand Prix Race
Automobile rallies
Stock car racing
Grand prix racing
Sports car racing
Stock cars (Automobiles)


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