Leonard Freed, Summertime in Harlem, New York, 1963, Courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery.
Leonard Freed - Six Stories
515 West 26th Street
10001 New York
Leonard Freed was one of the leading photographers of the post-War era. Culled from Freed's extensive archive, this exhibition presents over 75 unique vintage prints from six of the photographers most important bodies of work. Freed has been the subject of numerous recent museum exhibitions surveying the six decades of his work, but this is the first exhibition that elucidates in depth Freed's six earliest and most personal stories. Two examine his Jewish roots, in Brooklyn and in Israel. Two portray blacks in white America, people with whom he identified strongly. Two portray the defeated enemies of the recent World War, as Freed seeks to come to terms with them. The six stories are: the Hasidics of Brooklyn, 1954; Harlem, 1963; Black in White America, 1963-65; Israel, 1962 and 1967; Italy 1956-58; Germany, 1961-66. To each of these stories Freed brought a singular humanist vision, a deep concern for individuals that is both politically sophisticated and morally engaged.