Freed, Leonard

Leonard Freed (1929-2006) was an American photographer. Originally an aspiring painter, he discovered his passion for photography in the Netherlands in 1953. He then travelled across Africa and Europe before returning to the United States to study art at The New School in New York. In the two proceeding decades, he documented myriad subjects such as the Civil Rights movement (travelling with Martin Luther King Jr. in his march from Alabama to Washington), the Yom Kippur war and the New York City police department. Quite early in his career, three of his pictures were acquired by the Museum of Modern Art. Freed joined the cooperative agency Magnum Photos in 1972. During his career, Freed contributed to numerous publications, such as Der Spiegel, Die Zeit, Libération, Look or Life.