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Martin Luther King, Black and White Photograph of MLK 1960s by Leonard Freed
Martin Luther King, Black and White Photograph of MLK 1960s by Leonard Freed
Martin Luther King, Black and White Photograph of MLK 1960s by Leonard Freed
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Martin Luther King, Black and White Photograph of MLK 1960s by Leonard Freed

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Martin Luther King (MLK), 1964 by Leonard Freed is an iconic black and white documentary photograph, a portrait of one of the most influential African American personalities and civil rights activists from the 1960s and 20th century America.

The photograph, 13" x 19" is a black and white archival pigment print of Martin Luther King Jr, Baltimore, 1964 with copyright stamp and signature by the photographer's widow, Brigitte Freed. The print is in an edition of 10. Available: 6/10. Provenance: Freed archive.

In the photograph the devotion to and appreciation of MLK is palpable in the faces of the citizens as MLK returns home from Oslo after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. The image remains a powerful one of Martin Luther King (MLK) seated in the back seat of an open car in Baltimore. Supporters crowd the street stretching out their arms and hands to shake MLK’s hand in adoration. MLK extends his hand with a warm expression on his face as if to pass on the gift of equal opportunity to every black hand that he touches.

Provenance: Freed Estate

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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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