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Leonard Freed

American, 1929-2006

Leonard Freed was born on October 23, 1929, in Brooklyn. Although Freed's photographic career is defined by documentary photo essays, such as Black in White America, Freed traveled extensively and captured people, places and things that interested him in locations around the globe. A Magnum photographer, Freed traveled widely, photographing African Americans in America from 1964–65, events in Israel from 1967–68 and in 1973 and the New York City police department from 1972–79, to name a few celebrated assignments. Freed’s coverage of the American civil rights movement made him famous, although he continued to produce photo essays on New York, Italians and many other subjects. Leonard Freed worked as a freelance photographer from 1961 until his death on November 29, 2006, Philipstown.

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Policewoman Playing Tag, New York City, Police Series Street Photography 1970s
By Leonard Freed
Located in New york, NY
Policewoman Playing Tag, New York City, 1978 by Leonard Freed, is a 16” x 20” gelatin silver photograph from the photographer's Police Work series and book. The photograph from the estate is stamped verso (back of photo) and signed by Brigitte Freed (widow). This is a black and white modern photograph...
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1970s Contemporary Leonard Freed

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Photographic Paper, Photographic Film, Silver Gelatin

Yeshiva Boys, Black-and-White Photography 1950s Jewish Diaspora Brooklyn, USA
By Leonard Freed
Located in New york, NY
Yeshiva Boys, 1954 is a black-and-white photograph of two young studious boys behind a glass door, an entrance to a Brooklyn brownstone in New York City. A gelatin silver lifetime pr...
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1950s Contemporary Leonard Freed

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Photographic Paper, Photographic Film, Silver Gelatin

Fire Hydrant, Harlem, NYC, Black and White Photo 1960s African American Children
By Leonard Freed
Located in New york, NY
Fire Hydrant, Harlem, 1963 by Leonard Freed is a 14" x 11" gelatin silver print signed by the photographer on verso (back of photo). Provenance: Freed estate LITERATURE: W. A. Ewin...
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1960s Contemporary Leonard Freed

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Photographic Paper, Photographic Film, Silver Gelatin

A policewoman plays with local kids in Harlem, New York City, USA, 1978
By Leonard Freed
Located in New York, NY
A policewoman plays with local kids in Harlem, New York City, USA, 1978 1978/2023 Estate stamp in black ink, verso Archival pigment print 6 x 6 inches, sheet 3.75 x 5.5 inches, im...
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1970s Contemporary Leonard Freed

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Archival Pigment

Mr. Harlem, Photograph of African-American Body Builder, New York City 1960s
By Leonard Freed
Located in New york, NY
The image of a body builder from the 1960s captures African-American life in Harlem in the 1960s. Mr. Harlem, 1963 by Leonard Freed, is from the photographer's book Black in White Am...
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1960s Contemporary Leonard Freed

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Digital Pigment, Archival Pigment, Photographic Film

Kate #16, Black and White Photograph of Nude in Car, San Francisco Summer
By Leonard Freed
Located in New york, NY
Kate #16, is from the Kate series, 2002 by American photographer Leonard Freed. This is a signed, 16" x 20" black and white photograph (gelatin silver), stamped/authenticated modern print by the Freed estate. Printed: 2006. A photographer herself, model and yogini Kate remains complicit in striking a pose, nude, in a convertible with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background. Her body shape and form blend with the natural beauty of the California setting. Freed captures both playfulness and sensuality of a self-possessed woman. The Kate nude photo series...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Leonard Freed

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Photographic Film, Photographic Paper, Silver Gelatin

Rome, Italy, Black and White Photography, Large Estate Print
By Leonard Freed
Located in New york, NY
A gelatin silver estate print, 24" x 20" from the Freed archive, Rome, Italy, 2000 by Leonard Freed is a black and white contemporary photograph focused on an unexpected, poetic, and beautiful classical sculpture in the stairwell of a modest Roman dwelling. Leonard Freed discovered Little Italy in...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Leonard Freed

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Photographic Paper, Photographic Film, Silver Gelatin

Woman Protestor, March on Washington, African-American Civil Rights Photography
By Leonard Freed
Located in New york, NY
Woman Protestor, March on Washington, 1963 by Leonard Freed, is a 14" x 11" gelatin silver photograph, signed and stamped on verso (back of photo) by the estate, Brigitte Freed (wife of the photographer). The photo is in Leonard Freed's book “This Is the Day: The March on Washington'' (p. 50). Leonard Freed enjoyed documentary storytelling and as a "concerned photographer" his work demonstrated humanitarian concerns. The photographer travelled to New York, Washington, D.C., and throughout the South, capturing the daily life of African-Americans. Documenting the 1960s Civil Rights Movement from the East Coast to the Deep South, Freed’s photo essay culminated in the book Black in White America, which contributed to Freed's becoming one of the well-known documentary photographers of 20th Century America. After Freed’s death in 2006 his widow, Brigitte Freed was inspired to compile a book on the March on Washington from her late husband’s archive when she heard then-Senator former President Barack Obama remark to an audience of civil rights activists, “I stand here because you walked.” The March on Washington series is a powerful visual testimony, capturing protests that culminated in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream'' speech, delivered at the base of the Lincoln Memorial. Provenance: Freed archive. *** Artist’s Bio: Leonard Freed (1929-2006) was an American photographer from Brooklyn, New York. His "Black in White America" series made him known as a documentarian, a social documentary photographer. Freed worked as a freelance photographer from 1961 onwards and as a Magnum photographer Freed traveled widely abroad and, in the US, photographing African Americans (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...
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1960s Contemporary Leonard Freed

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Photographic Paper, Photographic Film, Silver Gelatin

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