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Leonard Freed
Muscle Boy, Harlem, Black and White Photography 1960s African American Children

1963

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Muscle Boy, Harlem, 1963 by Leonard Freed is a signed and numbered archival Iris print. This edition 25/100 in a planned edition of 100 was halted at 25 prints (as annotated on verso and signed by Freed's widow, Brigitte Freed). In short Muscle Boy is the last print in a final edition of 25. Muscle Boy is an iconic image by Leonard Freed who was a pioneer in socially conscious photojournalism. The image appears on the cover of his book “Black in White America”. In the photo a boy flexes his muscles for the camera making a statement about the strength a boy wishes to possess, especially a boy of color. The child is shirtless, beads of sweat collect on his face like a profession boxer who is in the ring to achieve victory. He is a role model for younger children as well as adults, sending the message about just how brave one must be in the face of social inequality. Freed's photographic career often led him to tackle weighty social documentary subjects from the period, 1960s, for which Muscle Boy was among the most iconic in the collection, and is on the book cover of Freed's monograph Black in White America (Getty). Phorographer's Bio: Born in Brooklyn, New York, Leonard Freed worked as a freelance photographer from 1961 onwards. Magnum photographer Freed traveled widely, photographing African Americans in America (1964-65), events in Israel (1967-68, 1973), and the New York City police department (1972-79). Freed’s coverage of the American civil rights movement made him famous, but he also produced insightful photo essays on New York (Harlem), Italy, and Germany. Leonard Freed died in 2006. *** Available exclusively at 99Prints in New York City, an art marketplace for today’s collectors of contemporary art, works on paper, original and limited edition photography. 99Prints ships worldwide.

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