The Stories Behind the 10 Most Iconic Photos from Magnum’s 70-Year History
Condition Report: Unmounted; not framed; matted to 20; x 16 inches; there appear to be bumps and creases to the corners, with some minor loss and edge chips; one 1" tear at the center top edge secured with tape on the reverse; the reverse is skinned lightly across the top; overall this print appears to be in good condition.
Signature: Signed, titled, dated, and annotated 'unique print' in pencil, with the Freed/Magnum, 'Vintage Print,' and 'Tirage Archives Magnum Photos Épreuve a Rendre' stamps and typed caption on Magnum paper label affixed verso.
Image rights: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
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