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Leonard Freed: Worldview [Hardcover]

William A. Ewing , Wim van Sinderen

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3 Sep 2007
Leonard Freed is one of the twentieth centurys most prominent documentary photographers. His photographs have graced the covers of major newspapers and magazines around the world on numerous occasions. A member of the Magnum cooperative, his work is considered a milestone in what has been aptly called concerned photography. This book spans his full fifty-year career, including his coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the American civil rights movement, the period of post-war German reconstruction, and the Romanian revolution. Among other highlights is a selection of work from his famous project on the police, which culminated in a landmark publication, Police Work. Freeds vision is sharp, insightful and critical, but always deeply sympathetic to his fellow human beings. Freed has made a point of steering clear of easy sentimentality without giving way to its opposite heartless critique; the often tender moments he observes are thus tinged with lifes harsher realities.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh what a wonderful book 3 Nov 2007
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I was not aware of the work of Leonard Freed, and was handed this book by a salesman in an art book store. The photographs are revelatory. There is not a mediocre picture amoung them. Every photo has this amazing feel of the perfect moment caught by chance, while at the same time possessing a compositional quality that reminds one of renaissance paintings with their pyramidal compostions. There is also a humanity and a quality of pathos to many of the pictures that take them beyond the merely visual and into the realm of timeless art. I have been dipping into this book again and again, and still have not tired of it. Although such comparisons are not valid, I have just bought a book of Steichen, and found it much less fascinating when judged next to this. The reproductions are sharp, well produced, and full-page. Treat yourself if you love photography.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sign of the times 6 Aug 2009
By Paulo Nicolau - Published on Amazon.com
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The title of the book says it all, if you like photojournalism you must own this book, its full of great pictures by a great photographer.
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