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Mr. Harlem, Black and White Photography 1960s African Americans New York City by Leonard Freed
Mr. Harlem, Black and White Photography 1960s African Americans New York City by Leonard Freed
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Mr. Harlem, Black and White Photography 1960s African Americans New York City by Leonard Freed

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The gelatin silver print is from the Freed estate, stamped verso (photo back) and signed by Brigitte Freed (widow of photographer).

The image captures African-American life in Harlem in the 1960s. Mr. Harlem, 1963 by Leonard Freed, is a 14” x 11” black and white photograph from the photographer's book Black in White America (p .107).

Leonard Freed enjoyed documentary storytelling and as a "concerned photographer" his work demonstrated humanitarian concerns. The photographer travelled to New York, Washington, D.C., and throughout the South, capturing the daily life of African-Americans. Documenting the 1960s Civil Rights Movement from the east coast to the Deep South, Freed’s photo essay culminated in the book Black in White America, which contributed to Freed's becoming one of the well-known documentary photographers of 20th Century America.

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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