Black in White America by Leonard Freed - Signed Book – Magnum Photos

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In 1962 Leonard Freed went to Berlin to shoot the wall being erected. There he saw an African American soldier standing in front of the wall and it struck him; that at home in the US, African Americans were struggling for civil rights, and here in Germany an African American soldier was ready to defend the USA.

This prompted a lengthy examination by Freed of the plight of the African Americans at home in the United States. Freed traveled to New York, Washington, D.C. and all throughout the South, capturing images of a segregated and racially-entrenched society. The photos taken at that time were then published in 1968 in "Black in White America".

Black in White America is a moving collection of photos and telling captions that document the African American struggle for self-definition in mid-20th century America. Freed's sensitive and informative black-and-white photographs, reproduced in gravure, of 1960s African American living throughout America investigates the politics of the country, and articulates the anxiety of an under-represented and discriminated people.

1st Edition. Signed by Leonard Freed

  • Format: Softcover
  • Pages: 208
  • Size: 10 x 8.75 inches
  • Publisher: Grossman Publishers
  • Publication Year: 1967

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In 1962 Leonard Freed went to Berlin to shoot the wall being erected. There he saw an African American soldier standing in front of the wall and it struck him; that at home in the US, African Americans were struggling for civil rights, and here in Germany an African American soldier was ready to defend the USA.

This prompted a lengthy examination by Freed of the plight of the African Americans at home in the United States. Freed traveled to New York, Washington, D.C. and all throughout the South, capturing images of a segregated and racially-entrenched society. The photos taken at that time were then published in 1968 in "Black in White America".

Black in White America is a moving collection of photos and telling captions that document the African American struggle for self-definition in mid-20th century America. Freed's sensitive and informative black-and-white photographs, reproduced in gravure, of 1960s African American living throughout America investigates the politics of the country, and articulates the anxiety of an under-represented and discriminated people.

1st Edition. Signed by Leonard Freed

  • Format: Softcover
  • Pages: 208
  • Size: 10 x 8.75 inches
  • Publisher: Grossman Publishers
  • Publication Year: 1967

The Magnum Store usually ships orders at least three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. To calculate shipping please go to your Cart.

International Orders:
Please note that if you choose First Class International for orders up to 4lbs or up to $400, delivery can take up to 30 days and tracking may not be available for your country.

If you choose Priority Mail International for your order delivery usually takes between 6 to 10 days depending on your country. Tracking will always be available.

If you prefer a different shipping method or an alternative shipping company, please email store@magnumphotos.com. All shipments are insured.