Leonard Freed/Humanist Photographer


Please join us on May 3rd 2018 from 7-9pm at Gallery 270 for the gala opening of Leonard Freed’s A Concerned Worldview

Martin Luther King Jr, Baltimore, MD, 10/31/1964
12”x16” toned silver gelatin print

Leonard freed was a passionate man with an insatiable curiosity about the human condition. His imagery is imbued with his enduring excitement about discovering another piece of the puzzle in the question of human existence. He learned about life and fell in love with humanity as an active participant in it, traveling the globe to experience life from many perspectives, always open to learn something new. On the journey, he honed his perceptive skills to create a recognizable, signature style.“I’m more involved with the people in the world around me and their relationship to the world around them. I use technology as a tool to penetrate this world. After all, the photos I take don’t come from the camera, but from me.”
And when Freed decided to take on a project he was thoughtful, deliberate, obsessive; never believing a single photograph could be relied upon to reveal the full truth. He yearned to tell a more complete story about those whose lives he chose to elevate and illuminate through his photography. Among his most beloved, moving projects about The Police, The Civil Rights Movement, The Jews, The Germans, The Dutch and The Italians were his way to develop artistically, and also gain a deeper understanding of them and himself. A carefully considered body of work, added to over time reveals a more substantial truth, a true story. Freed believed that you can only reach greater depth and make a personal statement once you have found your style. “I think of myself as a humanist. I am interested in man and all that revolves around him. Greek and Renaissance art particularly focused on man, and things were built in relationship to mankind. This has always appealed to me and I try to incorporate this notion in my work.”
Freed’s work delights with the profoundity of human understanding and pulls at the heart with deeply felt human emotion because “there are two important elements for me in photography: time and truth. Time is sealed as it were. Photos cannot be repeated. They are set forever in a moment of time. Truth is what we are all seeking in art.”
Freed is the author of 16 books and his work is collected worldwide and contained in numerous  collections, both private and public,  including: the Stedelijk museum in Amsterdam,The Met Museum, MOMA, and ICP in New York, The Bibliotheque Nationale, and the Jewish Museum in Paris, The Israel Museum in Jerusalem and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.