The Stories Behind the 10 Most Iconic Photos from Magnum’s 70-Year History
Each approximately 13 x 8 3/4 in. (33 x 22.2 cm) or the reverse, or 11 1/2 x 7 3/4 in. (29.2 x 19.7 cm)
This lot is accompanied by a copy of Freed's book Black in White America, published 2010.
Titles include: Muscle Boy, 1963; MLK, 1964; Harlem, NY, 1963; Malcolm X with Glasses, 1963; Summertime in Harlem, New York, 1963
Signature: Four signed, dated, annotated in pencil, Magnum copyright credit, 'Later Print' stamps on the verso. One signed in pencil, Magnum copyright credit, Magnum archive and 'Vintage Print' stamps with affixed Magnum caption label on the verso.
Freed, Black in White America, pp. 72, 89, 100, 138-139
The Estate of Leonard Freed
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