Football player hugging his mother, Brooklyn, NY

Football player hugging his mother, Brooklyn, NY

1963

Leonard Freed

(American, 1929-2006)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 21.9 x 32.7 cm (8 5/8 x 12 7/8 in.); Paper: 27.7 x 35.4 cm (10 7/8 x 13 15/16 in.)

Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg 2016.294

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Born in Brooklyn, Leonard Freed went to Europe to study painting but instead discovered photography.

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While photographing an African American soldier guarding the Berlin Wall, it struck Freed that this man was risking his life to defend a country that limited his own rights. Freed returned to New York to undertake a multiyear photographic exploration of the fabric of daily African American life that he called Black in White America.

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