“The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office.” (Robert Frost)
#1: A man dead by drug overdose, 1972
#2: Police try to clear the sidewalk of sleeping drunks on the Bowery, 1978
#3: A policewoman plays games with community children, 1978
#4: The accused and the arresting officer confront each other again, 1978
#5: “Isn’t he cute?” a woman asks of a police officer, 1978
Disappointed with the loss of two photographers to the commercial world, Edward Steichen told Leonard Freed one day that if he ever went professional, his work would lose all interest. “Be a truck driver.”
It was with this amateur, insatiable curiosity that Freed, who joined Magnum Photos in 1970, took an interest in the New York Police Department and the African-American struggle for civil rights. In 1972, to counterbalance the NYPD’s poor public image, the photographer started an investigation into people’s attitude towards the boys in blue. He began by getting to know them better.
Forty years have passed since 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 March 18, 2012. (read more here & here)
“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” (Edith Lovejoy Pierce)
Happy New Year!
“The older I get, the greater power I seem to have to help the world; I am like a snowball - the further I am rolled the more I gain.” (Susan B. Anthony)
(thanks to / via: m3zzaluna)
“I photographed for 10 years, and I wrote for 1 year… and when I finished this work I finished it because I was told to. If I hadn’t been told to (…) I’d probably still be doing it and nothing else because I love doing it so much.” (Larry Towell, talking about one of his photobooks)
Magnum photobooks are some of the most collectible and cherished books in the world. Magnum photographers, Elliott Erwitt, Alex Webb, Bruce Gilden, Chris Steele-Perkins, Lise Sarfati, Chien-Chi Chang, Eli Reed, Larry Towell, Leonard Freed, Jonas Bendiksen and Peter Marlow present and discuss their books in this video produced for the Magnum Festival 2007 in NYC.
Visit the Magnum bookstore at: http://store.magnumphotos.com
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