Leonard Freed - Photographs Evening & Day New York Wednesday, October 5, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    The Estate of Leonard Freed

  • Literature

    Freed, Police Work, pls. 1, 5, 38, 44, 93, 102, 108

  • Catalogue Essay

    Leonard Freed’s Police Work is a series of over 100 photographs born out of a commission from the London Sunday Times in 1972 to photograph the New York City Police Department. After the article used the images to paint what he felt was too dark a picture of the city and its law enforcement, Freed resumed the project and, for the next ten years, accompanied the NYPD on drug busts, murder investigations and community outreach initiatives to offer a more comprehensive view of the individuals and organization tasked with protecting the city and its inhabitants. Just as we see in Black In White America (lot 102), his photographs of black communities throughout the country during the civil rights movement, Freed’s poignant images reveal the nuances and complexities of our racial and cultural history, resonating all the more in today’s social climate.

    This lot is accompanied by a signed copy of Leonard Freed's book Police Work, published 1980.


Selected images from Police Work

Eight gelatin silver prints.
Each 12 x 8 in. (30.5 x 20.3 cm) or the reverse, or 6 1/8 x 9 in. (15.6 x 22.9 cm)
Each signed, dated, annotated in pencil, Magnum copyright credit and 'Vintage Print' stamps on the verso. Two with additional New York Times Magazine caption stamps on the verso.

$12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for $11,250

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Photographs Evening & Day

New York 5 & 6 October 2016