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Freed, Leonard (1929 - 2006)

Leonard Freed originally destined himself to photography but, after discovering a book about Henri Cartier-Bresson, he decided to turn his attention to photography. Thus in 1954, he learnt his job besides Alexey Brodovitch at Harper’s Bazaar magazine. During the 1950s, he observed the streets of New York such as his legendary 1956 photograph featuring walkers in Wall Street that seem to compose a synchronized dance with the street lamps. Having himself suffered from his Jewish origins, the American photographer promptly decided to concentrate on themes linked to social tensions, violence and discrimination from the Jewish community of Amsterdam or Jerusalem to Asian immigrants in Newcastle, the Civil Rights struggle, the Ku Klux Klan as well as police brutality: ‘Suddenly, I feel as if I belong to a tradition. To see life, see the world, be witness to great events, peer into the faces of the poor, the mad, to understand the shadows of the jungle, hidden things, to see, to rejoice in seeing, to be spiritually enriched.’
 

Tags / Leonard Freed - American Photographer - Street - 1950s - Social - Minority
Leonard Freed, Black in White America, Harlem, New York, 1963
Leonard Freed, Black in White America, Harlem, New York, 1963
Leonard Freed, Black in White America, New York City, 1963
Leonard Freed, Black in White America, New York City, 1963
Leonard Freed, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Baltimore, USA, 1964
Leonard Freed, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Baltimore, USA, 1964
Leonard Freed, Florence, 1958
Leonard Freed, Florence, 1958
Leonard Freed, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (FRG), 1961
Leonard Freed, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (FRG), 1961
Leonard Freed, Harlem, New York, USA, 1963
Leonard Freed, Harlem, New York, USA, 1963
Leonard Freed, Jerusalem, 1962
Leonard Freed, Jerusalem, 1962
Leonard Freed, KKK Family, Tennessee, USA, 1989
Leonard Freed, KKK Family, Tennessee, USA, 1989
Leonard Freed, Cologne, Germany, 1959
Leonard Freed, Cologne, Germany, 1959
Leonard Freed, March on Washington, 1963
Leonard Freed, March on Washington, 1963
Leonard Freed, Naples, 1958
Leonard Freed, Naples, 1958
Leonard Freed, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1965
Leonard Freed, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1965
Leonard Freed, Sicily, Italy, 1973
Leonard Freed, Sicily, Italy, 1973
Leonard Freed, A Suspect in a Police Car, Harlem, New York, 1978
Leonard Freed, A Suspect in a Police Car, Harlem, New York, 1978
Leonard Freed, Violence in New York, 1972
Leonard Freed, Violence in New York, 1972
Leonard Freed, Wall Street, New York, 1956
Leonard Freed, Wall Street, New York, 1956
Leonard Freed, Washington DC, 1963
Leonard Freed, Washington DC, 1963
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