Mister Freidrich is currently, what you might refer to as a D.O.W.G. (dead old white guy). He lived in Germany and during his lifetime, the camera started to come into play. You can really see the influence of this new found witchcraft known as photography in his paintings (black and white, photorealistic). I was actually really surprised when I saw one of his paintings in a book and the medium was listed as "oil on canvas"!