Alan Friedman is an artist and astro-photographer who records our neighborhood star from his backyard in Buffalo, NY. His photographs of the sun are featured frequently on NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day and shared widely with science and art audiences worldwide through print and digital publication. Alan talks about his experiences as a citizen astronomer in his TEDx talk Catching Sunlight.
By day, Alan is President of Great Arrow Graphics, a publisher of silkscreened printed greeting cards based in Buffalo, NY. He is the Research Associate in Astronomy at the Buffalo Museum of Science and past President and current Director of the Buffalo Astronomical Association.
His art exhibition in collaboration with photographer Douglas Levere titled Fire and Ice was curated by CEPA Gallery and first exhibited in the Flux and Passageway galleries in November 2015, followed by 2016 exhibitions at Photo-Eye Gallery in Santa Fe and the Kresge Gallery at Ramapo College of New Jersey. A solo exhibition of sun photographs titled Into the Light was mounted at the Palm Court Gallery during the 2013 DOE Solar Decathlon in Orange County, CA. Group shows include Starstruck at Bates College Museum of Art, Solar and COSMOS at Photo-Eye Gallery in Santa Fe, Astronomy Photographer of the Year at the Royal Observatory Greenwich and the worldwide touring exhibition celebrating the 2009 International Year of Astronomy, From Earth to the Universe. His work and image processing techniques have been the subject of lectures and articles, interviews on NBC's TODAY show and in Lessons From the Masters, a survey of advanced techniques in astronomical imaging.
Alan's portfolio of photographs is represented by Photo-Eye Gallery in Santa Fe.