Steven Kasher Gallery in New York, presents Leonard Freed: Six Stories, a survey of the work of the one of the leading American photographers of the post-war era. Culled from Freed’s extensive archive, this exhibition presents over 75 black and white images from six of the photographer’s most important bodies of work. The exhibition shows 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. To each of these stories Freed brought a singular humanist vision, a concern for individuals that is both politically sophisticated and morally engaged.
Forty years have passed since Leonard Freed first began to document these officers. And although his original book, Police Work, published in 1980 and no longer in print, a larger collection of prints from the series is on display at the Museum of the City of New York through mid-March.