Leonard Freed

United States 1929 - 2006


Leonard Freed
Leonard Freed
United States
April 15, 2013
Ok, I know it's so damn corny to quote somebody just to describe yourself, let alone Confucius, but this quote says all about my relationship with Widewalls, so forgive me for doing this: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Am I forgiven?

Leonard Freed was an American documentary photojournalist of Eastern European descent. He always wanted to be a painter but as soon as he discovered photography, he never looked back. He was a student of Alexey Brodovitch, the art director of Harper’s Bazaar. Freed has left us with a large opus, documenting themes such as Civil Rights movement in America, Jewish community in Amsterdam or New York City police department. Leonard also traveled a lot, creating mesmerizing photographs of Italy, Turkey, Germany, Lebanon and the U.S. He was a longtime Magnum member.

Featured image: portrait of the artist © Philippe Vermes