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Fashion Show, New York, Photography of African Americans 1960s by Leonard Freed
Fashion Show, New York, Photography of African Americans 1960s by Leonard Freed
Fashion Show, New York, Photography of African Americans 1960s by Leonard Freed
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Fashion Show, New York, Photography of African Americans 1960s by Leonard Freed

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Fashion Show, 1963, Harlem, USA by Leonard Freed, is a 11” x 14” gelatin silver print, which appears in the photographer's seminal Black in White America book (p. 104). It is stamped on verso (photo back) and signed by the estate/photographer's widow, Brigitte Freed. The image amplifies the fashion at a time when African Americans in Harlem enjoyed long necklaces, glamorous gowns, and gloves for women. Fashion has always been an extension of the African American community identity in Harlem as a means to black is beautiful.

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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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