Leonard Freed

Black in White America
April 29 - June 13, 2009
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Black in White America, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 5 1/4 x 3 1/4 inchesBlack in White America, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 5 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches

Black in White America, 1963
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963
5 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches

Black in White America, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 4 5/8 x 3 1/4 inchesBlack in White America, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 4 5/8 x 3 1/4 inches

Black in White America, 1963
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963
4 5/8 x 3 1/4 inches

Black in White America, New Orleans, 1965 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1965 5 1/8 x 3 1/2 inchesBlack in White America, New Orleans, 1965 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1965 5 1/8 x 3 1/2 inches

Black in White America, New Orleans, 1965
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1965
5 1/8 x 3 1/2 inches

Black in White America, South Carolina, 1964 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1964 5 7/8 x 4 1/8 inchesBlack in White America, South Carolina, 1964 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1964 5 7/8 x 4 1/8 inches

Black in White America, South Carolina, 1964
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1964
5 7/8 x 4 1/8 inches

Black in White America, Harlem, New York City, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 5 3/4 x 3 7/8 inchesBlack in White America, Harlem, New York City, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 5 3/4 x 3 7/8 inches

Black in White America, Harlem, New York City, 1963
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963
5 3/4 x 3 7/8 inches

Black in White America, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 3 x 4 1/2 inchesBlack in White America, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 3 x 4 1/2 inches

Black in White America, 1963
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963
3 x 4 1/2 inches

Black in White America, New Orleans, 1965 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1965 4 1/4 x 6 3/8 inchesBlack in White America, New Orleans, 1965 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1965 4 1/4 x 6 3/8 inches

Black in White America, New Orleans, 1965
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1965
4 1/4 x 6 3/8 inches

Black in White America, New York City, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 8 x 10 inchesBlack in White America, New York City, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 8 x 10 inches

Black in White America, New York City, 1963
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963
8 x 10 inches

Black in White America, New York City, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 3 3/8 x 6 3/8 inchesBlack in White America, New York City, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 3 3/8 x 6 3/8 inches

Black in White America, New York City, 1963
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963

3 3/8 x 6 3/8 inches

Black in White America, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 4 3/8 x 3 1/8 inchesBlack in White America, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 4 3/8 x 3 1/8 inches

Black in White America, 1963
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963
4 3/8 x 3 1/8 inches

Black in White America, Coney Island, New York, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 5 1/2 x 3 7/8 inchesBlack in White America, Coney Island, New York, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 5 1/2 x 3 7/8 inches

Black in White America, Coney Island, New York, 1963
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963
5 1/2 x 3 7/8 inches

Black in White America, Harlem, New York City, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 5 5/8 x 3 1/2 inchesBlack in White America, Harlem, New York City, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 5 5/8 x 3 1/2 inches

Black in White America, Harlem, New York City, 1963
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963
5 5/8 x 3 1/2 inches

Black in White America, Harlem, New York City, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 5 5/8 x 3 3/8 inchesBlack in White America, Harlem, New York City, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 5 5/8 x 3 3/8 inches

Black in White America, Harlem, New York City, 1963
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963
5 5/8 x 3 3/8 inches

Black in White America, New Orleans, 1965 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1965 6 3/4 x 4 3/8 inchesBlack in White America, New Orleans, 1965 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1965 6 3/4 x 4 3/8 inches

Black in White America, New Orleans, 1965
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1965
6 3/4 x 4 3/8 inches

Black in White America, 1965 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1965 15 1/4 x 10 inchesBlack in White America, 1965 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1965 15 1/4 x 10 inches

Black in White America, 1965
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1965
15 1/4 x 10 inches

Black in White America, New York, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 15 x 10 inchesBlack in White America, New York, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 15 x 10 inches

Black in White America, New York, 1963
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963
15 x 10 inches

Black in White America, Brooklyn, New York, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 14 x 11 inchesBlack in White America, Brooklyn, New York, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 14 x 11 inches

Black in White America, Brooklyn, New York, 1963
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963
14 x 11 inches

Black in White America, Summer Camp, New York, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 15 1/4 x 10 1/4 inchesBlack in White America, Summer Camp, New York, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 15 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches

Black in White America, Summer Camp, New York, 1963
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963
15 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches

Black in White America, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 13 1/2 x 20 inchesBlack in White America, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 13 1/2 x 20 inches

Black in White America, 1963
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963
13 1/2 x 20 inches

Black in White America, American Soldier In Front of the Berlin Wall, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 10 1/2 x 14 inchesBlack in White America, American Soldier In Front of the Berlin Wall, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 10 1/2 x 14 inches

Black in White America, American Soldier In Front of the Berlin Wall, 1963
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963
10 1/2 x 14 inches

Black in White America, South Carolina, 1964 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1964 10 x 14 inchesBlack in White America, South Carolina, 1964 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1964 10 x 14 inches

Black in White America, South Carolina, 1964
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1964
10 x 14 inches

Black in White America, Harlem, New York City, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 14 x 11 inchesBlack in White America, Harlem, New York City, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 14 x 11 inches

Black in White America, Harlem, New York City, 1963
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963
14 x 11 inches

Black in White America, Harlem, New York City, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 15 x 10 inchesBlack in White America, Harlem, New York City, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 15 x 10 inches

Black in White America, Harlem, New York City, 1963
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963
15 x 10 inches

Black in White America, Brooklyn, New York, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 14 x 10 inchesBlack in White America, Brooklyn, New York, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 14 x 10 inches

Black in White America, Brooklyn, New York, 1963
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963
14 x 10 inches

Black in White America, Brooklyn, New York, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 14 3/4 x 10 1/4 inchesBlack in White America, Brooklyn, New York, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 14 3/4 x 10 1/4 inches

Black in White America, Brooklyn, New York, 1963
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963
14 3/4 x 10 1/4 inches

Black in White America, Harlem, New York, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 7 3/4 x 11 1/2 inchesBlack in White America, Harlem, New York, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 7 3/4 x 11 1/2 inches

Black in White America, Harlem, New York, 1963
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963
7 3/4 x 11 1/2 inches

Black in White America, New York City, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 10 1/8 x 15 1/4 inchesBlack in White America, New York City, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 10 1/8 x 15 1/4 inches

Black in White America, New York City, 1963
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963
10 1/8 x 15 1/4 inches

Black in White America, Brooklyn, New York, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 14 x 9 3/4 inchesBlack in White America, Brooklyn, New York, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 14 x 9 3/4 inches

Black in White America, Brooklyn, New York, 1963
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963
14 x 9 3/4 inches

Black in White America, Brooklyn, New York, 1964 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1964 10 3/4 x 13 1/4 inchesBlack in White America, Brooklyn, New York, 1964 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1964 10 3/4 x 13 1/4 inches

Black in White America, Brooklyn, New York, 1964
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1964
10 3/4 x 13 1/4 inches

Black in White America, Brooklyn, New York, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 9 3/4 x 14 inchesBlack in White America, Brooklyn, New York, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 9 3/4 x 14 inches

Black in White America, Brooklyn, New York, 1963
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963
9 3/4 x 14 inches

Black in White America, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 11 x 13 7/8 inchesBlack in White America, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 11 x 13 7/8 inches

Black in White America, 1963
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963
11 x 13 7/8 inches

Black in White America, New York, 1954 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1954 10 1/4 x 15 1/8 inchesBlack in White America, New York, 1954 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1954 10 1/4 x 15 1/8 inches

Black in White America, New York, 1954
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1954
10 1/4 x 15 1/8 inches

Black in White America, New York City, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 10 1/8 x 15 1/8 inchesBlack in White America, New York City, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 10 1/8 x 15 1/8 inches

Black in White America, New York City, 1963
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963
10 1/8 x 15 1/8 inches

Black in White America, New Orleans, 1964 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1964 10 1/8 x 13 3/4 inchesBlack in White America, New Orleans, 1964 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1964 10 1/8 x 13 3/4 inches

Black in White America, New Orleans, 1964
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1964
10 1/8 x 13 3/4 inches

Black in White America, New Orleans, 1965 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1965 9 3/8 x 13 inchesBlack in White America, New Orleans, 1965 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1965 9 3/8 x 13 inches

Black in White America, New Orleans, 1965
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1965
9 3/8 x 13 inches

Black in White America, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 10 7/8 x 16 7/8 inchesBlack in White America, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 10 7/8 x 16 7/8 inches

Black in White America, 1963
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963
10 7/8 x 16 7/8 inches

Black in White America, New York City, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 13 1/2 x 9 inchesBlack in White America, New York City, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 13 1/2 x 9 inches

Black in White America, New York City, 1963
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963
13 1/2 x 9 inches

Black in White America, Brooklyn, New York, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 10 x 15 inchesBlack in White America, Brooklyn, New York, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 10 x 15 inches

Black in White America, Brooklyn, New York, 1963
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963
10 x 15 inches

Black in White America, Washington D.C., 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 11 x 15 1/4 inchesBlack in White America, Washington D.C., 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 11 x 15 1/4 inches

Black in White America, Washington D.C., 1963
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963
11 x 15 1/4 inches

Black in White America, Maryland, 1963 Archival iris print, printed c. 1999 12 1/2 x 19 inchesBlack in White America, Maryland, 1963 Archival iris print, printed c. 1999 12 1/2 x 19 inches

Black in White America, Maryland, 1963

Archival iris print, printed c. 1999
12 1/2 x 19 inches

Black in White America, New York, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 10 1/4 x 15 1/4 inchesBlack in White America, New York, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 10 1/4 x 15 1/4 inches

Black in White America, New York, 1963
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963
10 1/4 x 15 1/4 inches

Black in White America, Charleston, South Carolina, 1965 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1965 9 x 14 inchesBlack in White America, Charleston, South Carolina, 1965 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1965 9 x 14 inches

Black in White America, Charleston, South Carolina, 1965
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1965
9 x 14 inches

Black in White America, 1964 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1964 10 1/4 x 15 1/4 inchesBlack in White America, 1964 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1964 10 1/4 x 15 1/4 inches

Black in White America, 1964
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1964
10 1/4 x 15 1/4 inches

Black in White America, New York, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 10 1/4 x 15 1/8 inchesBlack in White America, New York, 1963 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963 10 1/4 x 15 1/8 inches

Black in White America, New York, 1963
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1963
10 1/4 x 15 1/8 inches

Press Release

Bruce Silverstein Gallery is pleased to announce Black in White America, an exhibition of works by Leonard Freed taken during the 1960s. In 1962 Leonard Freed went to Berlin to photograph the wall being erected between East and West Berlin. While there he saw an African American soldier standing in front of the wall and it struck him that at home in the United States, African Americans were struggling for civil rights and in Germany an African American soldier was proudly defending the USA—the same country denying him his rights. When Freed returned, he traveled to New York, Washington, D.C. and all throughout the South, capturing images of a segregated and racially-entrenched society.

 

This important body of work is representative of the political, racial and ideological unrest of the 1960s. Black in White America highlights the tradition and ideals of the Magnum Photo Agency as well as Leonard Freed's personal and most admirable attempt to bring awareness to atrocities occurring at home in the United States. While there were many photographers both black and white documenting the Civil Rights Movement for the daily press, Freed approached the project with the intention of having his photographs sequenced in a cohesive book. The photos were ultimately published in 1968 in "Black in White America".

The body of work is documentary in nature and reveals the photographer’s view of the racially segregated Southern United States. It is significant as a record of the inequalities suffered by African Americans through the 1960s as well as a revelatory document of the language, imagery and emotions experienced by a white man who sought to document this racial disparity.

 

Freed, born in Brooklyn, joined Magnum in 1972. He worked on assignment for the major international press, including "Life", "Look", "Paris Match", "Die Zeit", "Der Spiegel", "Stern", "Sunday Times Magazine", "New York Times Magazine." His coverage of the Civil Rights movement first made him famous, but he also produced major essays on Poland, Asian immigration in England, North Sea oil development, Spain since Franco and other subjects. Photography became Freed’s means to explore societal violence and racial discrimination.
The vintage prints on view in Black in White America come directly from the Freed Estate. Many are the original prints that Leonard and his wife and partner Brigitte made over the years for book projects such as “Black in White America.”

 

Leonard Freed’s retrospective entitled Worldview, curated by William Ewing, Director of the Musée de l’Elysée, has been exhibited extensively in Europe.