The Stories Behind the 10 Most Iconic Photos from Magnum’s 70-Year History
Leonard Freed's, stamped vintage (verso), gelatin silver print, from the Kate series, 2002 features model Kate. A photographer herself, Kate remains complicit in striking dramatic poses for the photographer. A series of nudes whimsical and aesthetic, Freed captures the playfulness, sensuality, and zeitgeist of self-possesed young womanhood.
Series: Kate series, 2002
Signature: Photographer printed and signed (verso)
Famous for his photos of the American Civil Rights Movement, Freed also covered Poland, Asian immigration in England, North Sea oil development, and Spain after the fall of Franco. Born in Brooklyn, New York, to working-class Jewish parents, Freed photographed Jewish communities throughout Europe, including Made in Germany (1965), which documented postwar Germany. “Ultimately photography is about who you are,” Freed once said. “It's the seeking of truth in relation to yourself. And seeking truth becomes a habit.” His work frequently explored societal violence and racial discrimination. He joined Magnum Photos in 1972, and also shot four films for Japanese, Dutch, and Belgian television.
American, 1929-2006, Brooklyn, New York