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.)
© Leonard Freed /Magnum Photos
Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg 2016.294
Born in Brooklyn, Leonard Freed went to Europe to study painting but instead discovered photography.
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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