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Birmingham Children, Vintage Black and White Civil Rights Photography 1960s by Leonard Freed

Birmingham Children, Vintage Black and White Civil Rights Photography 1960s by Leonard Freed

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Birmingham Children, 1963 by American photographer Leonard Freed is a 16 x 12 vintage gelatin silver photograph, signed verso (on back) by the photographer. A photo that depicts the Civil Rights Movement in the American South, it is an iconic work and is included in Freed's well-known series and book Black in White America from the 1960s.

A woman with a flower hat and pearl necklace wears a label on her coat that reads “Birmingham Children.” She stands within a crowd of people both white and black protestors. In the early 60’s Birmingham Alabama was the most racially divided city in the U.S. The effort in this period was to end segregation in all public facilities, restaurants, stores, and especially in schools. Students participated in demonstrations by peaceful walks from the 16th Street Baptist Church to City Hall in order to address the mayor on segregation. The nonviolent protestors eventually led Alabama to change the city’s discrimination laws.

The Black in White America series contributed to Freed's becoming one of the well-known social-documentary photographers in the USA during the latter half of the 20th Century. For the series Black in White America Leonard Freed documents African Americans and the politics of the USA, capturing the 1960s Civil Rights Movement.

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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 movement is well-known as are his photo essays on New York, Italy, Germany, The Kate Series, among others.

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