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Steidl/Musee de L'Elysee, Lausanne
Leonard Freed ranks among the giants of twentieth-century photojournalism. His work as a member of Magnum regularly graced the front pages of major newspapers around the world, as well as the covers of many international magazines. Worldview, the most ambitious collection of Freed's work ever produced, spans his full 50-year career, from coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict back through the American Civil Rights movement to post-war German reconstruction. Among other highlights, it includes a key selection of images from his New York City Police Department project that became the landmark book, Police Work. There, as throughout his career, Freed's vision was sharp, insightful and critical, but always deeply sympathetic to his fellow human beings--he was a pioneer in what has aptly been called "concerned photography." He died in 2006.
About the Author
"William A. Ewing is an internationally respected curator, author and museum director. His exhibitions have been presented at, among others, The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Hayward and Serpentine Galleries, London; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; and the MusEe de liElysEe, Lausanne, where he has served as director since 1996. Ewing has also written numerous books on the subject of photography." Leondard Freed was born in 1929 in Brooklyn, New York, and began taking photographs in 1953 while traveling in Europe. In 1956, he moved abroad, where his career took off, and in the 1960s he came to the U.S. regularly to photograph the civil rights movement. When Freed moved back to the U.S. in the 1980s, he continued to work between continents, photographing the Romanian revolution among other major subjects of his time, and traveling widely. In his eighth decade he spent time in the Czech Republic, Germany, Iraq, Papua-New-Guinea, South Africa, India, Ivory Coast, Denmark, Ethiopia and Brazil. His work is in the collections of the International Center of Photography and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the National Library of France in Paris. His monographs include Made in Germany and Black in White America.