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Martin Luther King, Vintage Gelatin Silver Photograph 1960s of MLK Civil Rights Movement by Leonard Freed
Martin Luther King, Vintage Gelatin Silver Photograph 1960s of MLK Civil Rights Movement by Leonard Freed
Martin Luther King, Vintage Gelatin Silver Photograph 1960s of MLK Civil Rights Movement by Leonard Freed
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Martin Luther King, Vintage Gelatin Silver Photograph 1960s of MLK Civil Rights Movement by Leonard Freed

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Martin Luther King (MLK), 1964 by social-documentary photographer Leonard Freed is an 11" x 14" (sheet size), 8" x 11.5" image size, vintage gelatin silver print, signed verso by the artist. It is one of Freed's most iconic works from his series Black in White America.

Provenance: Freed archive

- signed (verso) by Leonard Freed
- stamped “vintage” (verso)
- Freed’s magnum stamp also on back of photo

- annotations (verso): date and title of work
- photograph appears on p. 138-139 in Freed’s monograph Black in White America (published by J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 1967-1968; 2010)

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.

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.

Photograph is matted with an archival board.

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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