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Fire Hydrant, New York, African American Children Playing in Harlem Street by Leonard Freed
Fire Hydrant, New York, African American Children Playing in Harlem Street by Leonard Freed
Fire Hydrant, New York, African American Children Playing in Harlem Street by Leonard Freed
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Fire Hydrant, New York, African American Children Playing in Harlem Street by Leonard Freed

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Fire Hydrant, Harlem, 1963 by Leonard Freed is a 19" x 13" archival pigment print limited edition photograph. Signed verso (back of photo) by Brigitte Freed wife of the photographer, with Freed's Magnum stamp (photo back).

In the image of Fire Hydrant, two children enjoy a blissful moment of Harlem summer in 1963. A city hydrant spraying water offers the children relief from the sun’s heat. They smile, as water soaks their body and collects along the street. The photo captures a moment of celebration, joy, and simplicity of childhood experienced on the steamy asphalt streets of Harlem.

Leonard Freed's photographic career is punctuated by legendary documentary photo essays such as Black in White America with Fire Hydrant, Harlem remaining one of the photographer's iconic images from the series. 

 

LITERATURE: W. A. Ewing, N. Herschdorfer, and W. van Sinderen, Worldview, Leonard Freed, Steidl, 2007, p. 127.

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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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